Where this will all end is anybody’s guess. We’re glad, however, that Ms. Lane has been charged with disorderly conduct.
We would hope that the leadership of RTA’s Amalgamated Transit Union would vigorously protect the interest of union member Artis Hughes who has been placed on administrative leave after his encounter with an obviously unruly female passenger on his bus last month.
For those who are unaware, Hughes, a veteran RTA bus driver was verbally and physically assaulted by Shiedia Lane and all caught on a cell phone camera that went viral on YouTube and other social media.
The incident has been called the “uppercut seen around the world.”
The grainy video shows a disrespectful, profane and combative 25-year-old Lane getting in the face of a nearly 60-year-old Hughes because he asked her to pay her bus fare on a route going to Beachwood.
The “classic shot” of the video is when Hughes used an uppercut to Ms. Lane after she spit on him and tried to throttle him while the bus was in motion.
It has been said that you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.
Obviously, Ms. Lane never got that message. Neither did she get a “life lesson” at an early age to respect elders and authority.
And once again, Cleveland is in the limelight in a negative light.
As sad, it illustrates the lack of respect so many of our youth have.
Where this will all end is anybody’s guess. We’re glad, however, that Ms. Lane has been charged with disorderly conduct. We’d be any happier if charges against Mr. Hughes are looked at more closely. Fair is fair.