“He confused the already stamped ticket with the one to be stamped and he started to rage. On the bus everyone heard him screaming, but no one intervened,” explains the girl's mother.
“She got confused between the valid ticket and the one that hadn't yet been validated. And he shouted racist insults at her .” This is the accusation made by the sixteen-year-old's mother to the conductor of the bus on which the girl, who had recently arrived in Italy, was on. In the meantime, the company that deals with public transport in Rieti, where the events occurred, has already announced that it will open an internal investigation to ascertain responsibility for what happened. “We are absolutely against this type of attitude: we promote inclusion and integration, as is normal”, added the president of Asm Rieti, Vincenzo Regnini.
What happened on the bus
She had just gotten on the bus when, shortly before the Rieti station, at the ticket of the conductor, the sixteen-year-old showed a ticket which, however, would not have been valid. According to what the girl's mother explained, however, once the inspector saw the irregular ticket, he started to fly into a rage.
“He shouted insults and swear words on the bus in an aggressive tone towards the girl and some of her friends who were traveling with her: everyone who was on the bus heard it, but no one said anything – explained the woman – When, instead, they were Italian passengers who showed a non-compliant travel document and were given a courteous and helpful tone”.
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The girl immediately called her mother from the end of the line, who reached her. The conductor was still with the sixteen-year-old: “I asked him what had happened, he replied by saying that he would call the police and asked me for the license plate number. Only later did I speak to other boys, they originally from India, and they confirmed my daughter's story. So I went to file a complaint .”
The story of the sixteen year old's mother
“I have lived here for 10 years, I am of Cuban origin. In recent days my daughter has come to visit me: she is sixteen years old, she doesn't speak Italian well yet – the woman explained to the Rieti edition of Il Messaggero – She confused the bus ticket already stamped with the one to be stamped : she must have made a mistake by not seeing the little hole on the ticket, like in Rome, but only numbers written in ink”, she explained.
“Since I arrived I have always worked in bars or restaurants, but I would like to open my own place – she continues – We were not born here, but we respect your rules and pay taxes, yet there is always so much mistrust and anger We can't take it anymore .”