A pair of 14-year-old boys were arrested Wednesday in Boston after they allegedly took over a train's public address system, began spewing sexual language over the loudspeakers, and then hit a woman passenger after she told them they "should be in school," the Boston Herald reported.
What are the details?
Transit Police officers responded to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Green Street station in Jamaica Plain shortly before 10 a.m. after receiving multiple reports of juveniles who had “illegally gained access to the motor person’s cab of the train and were using vulgar, offensive, and sexually-charged language on the PA system," the paper said.
A woman told police the juvenile boys assaulted her when the train arrived at the Green Street station and she yelled at them that they "should be in school," police added to the Herald.
“Following that comment, the reporting party was struck in the back of the head by the juveniles,” police said, according to the paper. “The juveniles also made additional comments relative to what they wanted the reporting party/victim to do to them sexually.”
Transit Police told the Herald the teen boys weren't cooperative, were placed into custody, and will be charged with assault and battery and trespassing.
What took place Wednesday apparently wasn't a first on an MBTA train.
“There have been some unsettling incidents in which youths have behaved imprudently by breaking into the cab in the middle of the train set — that’s where they gain access to the microphone for the PA system,” MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo told the paper.
He added to the Herald that “while the functional elements and controls for train operation are limited to the front cab in the train’s first car, this offensive conduct is disruptive nonetheless,” explaining that no one but the train operator has control over the train's movement.
'Passengers were freaked out'
The paper said Kate Darling, a Cambridge resident, on May 25 posted on social media that she was riding a Red Line train when it was seemingly “hijacked.”
“It was driving erratically, someone was fooling around hollering through the intercom,” Darling said on Twitter, accord to the Herald. “Passengers were freaked out, called 911 — fortunately we were all able to get out at Charles/MGH.”
Transit Police did not respond to a request for comment on what's being done to prevent these incidents from occurring, the paper said.