"I wouldn't want, you know, no one else to have to go through this – it's emotional just thinking about it," Thurston said.
Thurston reflected on the events that led up to the incident on Monday. According to Thurston, several boisterous teenagers were cursing on the bus in front of young children, so she asked the teens to stop using inappropriate language.
She told WJLA, "The only thing I said was, 'Can y'all stop the abusive language?'"
"At that point, the kids became unruly. They started being disrespectful, like saying things to me," Thurston said. "Then next thing you know, there were objects being thrown at me, and I was just like, 'Thank You, Lord,' because throughout the whole incident, the only thing I could recall was the kids hitting me and kicking me – and I had no defense."
Thurston claimed she asked the driver multiple times to stop the bus so she could get off, but the bus continued moving. She said the driver did not attempt to stop or alert authorities.
The victim stated that the vehicle eventually stopped at another bus stop location. Thurston claimed that the teens kicked and pushed her off the bus.
"I held on as much as I could from them hitting me and kicking me and scratching me and they were just -- I got bruises and everything on my arm," she said.
Another passenger on the bus stated that the attackers threw bottles at Thurston and attempted to choke her.
As a result of the attack, Thurston's jacket was ripped and she suffered neck pain and bruising on her arms.
"Watching the video myself personally, it startled me – and I'm still startled about it," she said. "I didn't want to come forth at first – but I don't fear nobody but the Lord."
Metro Transit Police stated that the video was "disturbing and unacceptable" and noted that there would be an investigation into the incident.
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser also reacted to the video, even though she had not seen it.
"That is not any type of crime that we want to see in our city at any time," Bowser said. "Part of what we're talking about today is making sure we have the police force that we need to respond and patrol and assist Metro and its properties, including the bus and including the train stations."