A mother in Chicago was left terrified and traumatized after she was attacked by a group of teens while in her car with her two young children.
According to reports, Susan Pedersen had just dropped off a friend at the University of Chicago on Thursday when, at around 9 p.m., her car was suddenly surrounded by several dozen teenagers.
“They were walking around both sides of the vehicle — in the front, in the back — and as they were walking across, they were hitting my car, using racial slurs and telling me that I didn't belong in their neighborhood because I was white,” she said.
The group then began shaking, kicking and hitting her vehicle violently. One of the attackers used a bicycle as a battering ram to slam it into the back window, causing glass to fly into the third-row seat, where Pedersen’s terrified 3-year-old son, Benjamin, was sitting.
The glass left the boy with several cuts.
A nearby police car subsequently arrived after spotting the incident, and two arrests were made. Pedersen said she’s still shaken up by the ordeal.
“I'm very scared, very anxious, nervous,” she said. “Just fearful. This is something that's going to stay with me for the rest of my life.”
The two juveniles who were arrested are facing charges of misdemeanor criminal damage to property. Pedersen said she’s hoping to see more serious charges filed due to the nature of the incident.