|Ziona Mangistu in the hospital|
An angry father assaulted a black school bus guard, according to school officials.
Police said that Ziona Mangistu, a public service employee in charge of escorting the township school buses, was brutally beaten in an unprovoked attack.
The incident occurred on Tuesday, when she was ordered by a school director to deny boarding to one child, who was suspended from school.
Shortly after carrying out the order, Mangistu received a call from the child's father, who yelled racial slurs. Her husband, Joseph Mangistu, said that those statements included "Stinking Ethiopians, we'll have to send you back to where you came from."
The husband added that later the father got on the bus and in front of about 30 children punched Ziona in the face, breaking her nose. She is still in bed suffering from pain and may have to return to a hospital. She is shocked by the incident. She does not understand this hatred, violence and racism. We are like any other citizen of this country, he added.
The father fled the scene shortly after the incident, while Mangistu was taken to a hospital for medical treatment. She reported the incident to the principal, who said her husband advised against filing a complaint with the police.
Police arrested the father for questioning.