Would you have done what she did? (Why/Why Not)A woman from Bath was allegedly hit in the face after she confronted an Islamophobic couple on a bus.
Kerry Parkinson, a mother-of-three, was on the way home from work in central Bath on the number 13 bus when she encountered the couple.
She had been sitting in one of the side-facing seats near the front of the single-decker bus when a man in front of her started telling his son off.
Kerry, from Elmhurst, told the Bath Chronicle: ‘The little boy was opposite in the buggy, obviously tired and crying. The partner started to be, in my opinion, slightly verbal to the little boy.
‘Then he said “you need to shut up otherwise we will send you to Istanbul with all the other Muslims to join ISIS”.
The shocked 44-year-old said she was completely taken aback when she heard the ‘racist comment’ but then the mother joined in.
She said: ‘[The woman said] she had to wait a long time in the lift in Primark because “Muslims kept hitting the button.”‘
The alleged abuse continued for around five minutes before Kerry said she was forced to step in.
Kerry, whose brother is married to a Turkish woman, said: ‘I was very, very upset and offended. I felt very moved to say something.
‘I was very polite and just said “excuse me”, to the husband, “please would you mind not saying that because I find it really offensive.”‘
But as soon she spoke to the man, his partner turned around and allegedly said: ‘What do you know? What do you know?’
After asking her to stop, Kerry said the woman ‘elbowed’ her in the ribs and then started screaming at her and saying ‘she was more educated than me’.
She added: ‘As she was getting off the bus she hit me in the face, catching me with the base of her palm.’
It was only when she was hit that people stepped in to help, calling the attack ‘assault’ and saying she was ‘very brave in standing up to racism’, Kerry added.
Fortunately, Kerry did not require medical treatment but still remains shaken up by the experience.
She said: ‘I never expected that to happen on my bus home in Bath after work. I know I got hit but I just felt that I couldn’t sit there and listen to that. Would I do it again? Yes I would.’