Woman shot in the face with gel beads on MBTA red line after asking teens to behave

BOSTON — A late-night MBTA red line assault on Thursday left a Dorchester woman with injuries to her teeth.

“MBTA Red Line train numerous juveniles behaving disruptively/disorderly on board. A 49y/o female requested they cease their behavior. Upon arrival at JFK 1 of the juveniles fired several rounds of Gel Beads directly in her face,” said T officials.

Red Line riders are mixed on whether they’d call out rowdy teens on a train.

“No, I would not really confront anybody. Definitely would be concerned about confrontation. I really don’t want to put myself in a situation,” said Debra Sumption of Dorchester.

Debra Sumption just moved to Dorchester and just started taking the Red Line.

“Yeah, Just this week. My first few days,” said Sumption.

Other passengers tell us they would only get involved depending on what was happening

“I guess it would just depend on how much they’re disrupting,” said DJ Emmanuelson of Dorchester.

MBTA Police also Tweeted they did apprehend the rowdy teens.

“TPD intercepted the train… & located the offending juveniles. They were transported to TPDHQ and released to their parents/guardians. Gel guns were confiscated.”

T riders were glad to hear that but plan to be more cautious especially when riding the Red Line at night.

“I am always aware of my surroundings and situations being a woman,” said Sumption.

The MBTA Police also have an app to report problems on the T. It’s called MBTA See Say and Transit Police say it’s a useful tool for people to report any safety issues they see on the T.

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