The City of Sault Ste. Marie responded to SaultOnline’s request for comment regarding an altercation that occurred on a city transit bus this past Saturday. A video submitted by a passenger who recorded the incident as it unfolded shows a altercation which ensued between a female and a male passengers which seemed to quickly escalate with children present.
Tessa Vecchio, Communications Officer for the City, responded by stating: “It is upsetting that our passengers had to experience this situation. The safety of our riders and operators is always our priority. We do have procedures regarding how staff address escalated situations with passengers and our transit team is currently reviewing this incident.”
The male passenger involved in the incident also responded via the story’s comment section stating:
“Unfortunately i am the man in the video. What the video doesn’t show is the woman hitting my child directly in the face with a full iced coffee then jumping on top of me and punching me in the face repeatedly. I shielded my child, i pushed the woman off of me and was pulled down to the ground with her.
You hear me threaten her but only after my child and myself were assaulted and threatened also. The woman screams and swears in my face and continues to block my path.
In the heat of the moment i made a poor choice of words and regret acting that way in front of my daughter and the other passengers. But realistically i was assaulted i had every right to be mad.
To the reporter that recorded and posted the video… you’re missing what really happened and in my opinion you aggravated the situation. The driver did what he could do at the time and when safe to do so, pulled over and the woman and her friend were kicked off the bus. Next time don’t stick a camera in someones face when they are obviously upset, then twist the story to suit your own agenda.”
Meanwhile, the woman in the video also contacted SaultOnline, apologizing for the incident.
“I am the lady in one of your videos. ” The woman writes, ” I have not only embarrassed myself, but my family, friends and also the man’s loved ones. I have made a mockery of my family and of that man’s family and I wish that incident had never happened.”
SaultOnline will continue to provide further updates as information becomes available.