Student assaulted while waiting at Minneapolis bus stop

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A Patrick Henry High School junior says he was attacked at a city bus stop in north Minneapolis two weeks, waiting for a bus to take him home from school.

Since last fall, several Minneapolis high schools discontinued traditional yellow school bus transportation and students began using Metro Transit.

KSTP reports the teenager blames the bus change for the assault by two men that landed him in the hospital.

The student, who did not want to be named, returned to the bus stop at the corner of Penn Ave. N and Oak Park Ave. N after walking his girlfriend home. The yellow buses used to drop her off close to home, the city buses do not.

“They hit me and I fell back and my head hit the bus shelter and then I was out cold,” the student said.

A witness called police.

The student's mother says her son never would have been at that bus stop if the school buses hadn't been discontinued.

School officials say very few incidents--an incident rate of 0.0001 per ride--have been reported over the last five months but the teen, who is Hmong, says he and his peers rarely come forward in fear of repercussions.

According to KSTP, 40 percent of the students at the high school are Hmong.

Last fall, teachers and parents voiced concerns that the switch would drive away Hmong students, the Star Tribune reported.

Although Metro Transit maintains transit crime has dropped significantly in recent years, Hmong students don't feel safe and will eventually "just silently leave" the school district.

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