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Woman shows out on MARTA - Jaya Franklin

A lot of people have been talking about a You Tube video, that has been circulating on the Internet. The disturbing video was filmed on a MARTA train.

One of my co-workers was the first person to show me the video, and as I watched it, the only thing I kept thinking was: How can someone be this ignorant?

A young woman was riding on the train with a couple of other passengers, and out of the blue, she jumped out of her seat and cursed and threatened an elderly woman, over and over again.

She also got into an altercation with a male on the train.

First of all, the young woman disrespected a woman who looked like she could be in her 70's or 80's.

According to the video, the elder woman didn't respond to the girl's ignorance. She just ignored her. But what makes the situation even worse is the fact that there were several passengers on the train, including old and young people, and no one approached the girl or took up for the senior for several minutes.

Eventually, a male passenger told the young woman to sit down, and she then turned her anger toward him.

According to news reports, Nafiza Ziyad is a 25-year-old Decatur resident.

As of Monday, Ziyad was in the Dekalb County Jail for her disruptive behavior on MARTA. Her bond was set at $3,000 and authorities were considering whether she violated probation.

In an incident earlier this month, according news reports, she was jailed for simple assault and other misdemeanors. Reports say she was placed on probation for spitting in a MARTA officer's face.

After viewing the video twice, my question is where were the MARTA police when all of this was occurring? People who don't ride MARTA on a regular basis may be unaware of the events that take place on the public transportation system.

But the truth is, things like this happen all the time. I haven't ridden MARTA in about two years, but I used to ride it daily, and it was no surprise to see someone fighting or assaulting someone.

I have witnessed a male beating a female on a MARTA platform, two males fighting in the aisle of the train, females being assaulted and more. Each time, there was never a MARTA police officer in sight.

I was surprised that this young woman actually got caught. It seems that, for some people, MARTA is a moving stage to get attention -- and lose your mind.

Jaya Franklin covers government for the Henry Daily Herald. She can be reached via e-mail at jfranklin@henryherald.com.