Death threat to 'kill bus drivers' written on bathroom wall

Death threat to 'kill bus drivers' written on Detroit transit center bathroom wall

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Found written in the men's bathroom at the Rosa Parks Transit Center Found written in the men's bathroom at the Rosa Parks Transit Center
(WJBK) -

A death threat was found written on a bathroom wall: 'Kill bus drivers 12-16-13 12:30.'

One longtime Detroit bus driver, who wants to remain unidentified, received a text message from a friend Tuesday afternoon which alerted her to the threat in the men's bathroom at the Rosa Parks Transit Center.

"You don't know if the next person getting on your bus is going to be the person that tries to take you out of here," the bus driver says.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more from her and other bus drivers in a report from Fox 2's Amy Lange

In October DDOT drivers staged a protest asking for greater protection after a rise of attacks on bus drivers. Police Chief James Craig promised officers on board the busses; DDOT said cameras would be installed - and even that didn't prevent another attack. Bleach was thrown on a bus driver - right in his face.

And now a death threat with a very specific date a time is another thing for bus drivers to be worried about.

"Very unsettling because, first off, we are targets - it seems like, anyway. People get on the bus and they're mad at something else or somebody else but it's just easier to take it out on the bus drivers," another bus driver, Karonise Law, says.   

Detroit police say they're taking the threat seriously. Their Gang Intelligence Surveillance Transit Unit is on the busses undercover. Drivers don't even know they're there. Police believe they know who they're looking for. They're targeting specific routes and working to keep everyone safe.

Bus drivers say they'll be on alert and they're asking their passengers to do the same.

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