Gee, I thought the election of Barack Obama was supposed to end all this....
Police are calling the Monday morning attack of a Belleville West High School student on a school bus racially motivated.
Two black juvenile suspects are in custody after they allegedly beat a white student on a bus heading to Belleville West, police and school officials said.
The 17-year-old victim was one of just a few white students on the crowded bus about 8 a.m. A surveillance video from a camera mounted inside the bus shows the victim being choked and punched by two other students, ages 14 and 15.
"By watching the video, it looks like it was racially motivated," Belleville Police Capt. Don Sax said. "It stands out to me."
According to a news release, the victim sat on a bus seat next to one of the suspects, and the suspect told the older student not to sit there. There were few open seats available on the bus.
In the video, one of the suspects attempted to push the older student out of his seat and began punching the victim in the face and choking him.
Many of the students stood up and began cheering on the fight. The bus driver can be heard telling the students to "sit down." After the fight broke up, the victim put in his ear phones and sat in the seat alone.