Bloomington — Last Wednesday, a Chinese American student at Indiana University was stabbed while riding the bus. The attack is said to have been unprovoked.
Billie Davis, 56, has been charged with aggravated battery, battery by means of a deadly weapon, and attempted murder for allegedly perpetrating the attack.
Davis had been riding on the bus with the victim. When the victim got up to leave, she stood up and stabbed the victim in the head with a folding knife.
Allegedly, Davis later told investigators that the attack was racially motivated,
Surveillance footage shows Davis getting off the bus after the attack and discarding the knife. Police picked her up hours later. The victim was taken to the hospital, but her condition still remains unknown.
Indiana University has both spoken out against the attack. James Wimbush, Indiana University’s Vice President for diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs, said in a statement, “Anti-Asian hate is real and can have painful impact on individuals and our community… No one should face harassment or violence due to their background, ethnicity or heritage,” he said. “To our Asian and Asian American friends, colleagues, students, and neighbors, we stand firmly with you.”
As of Monday, there is still no update on the condition of the victim — we pray she is recovering well.