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Restaurant manager Gina Mamula says this foot long crack in her building was the result of vandalism cause by bus stop students.
Elliott Francis
Restaurant manager Gina Mamula says this foot long crack in her building was the result of vandalism cause by bus stop students.

By Elliott Francis

Reports of disorderly conduct and fighting among high school students at the Public Transit Center in Germantown, Maryland have residents and local merchants worried.

The Germantown Transit Center is a busy bus depot on Aircraft Drive. Unlike most passengers, some of the students from nearby high schools tend to linger at the station. Groups form, activity increases and according to Gina Mamula manager of a nearby restaurant, bad things can happen.

"We have seen some vandalism along with some gang type activities out in the parking lot or over towards the bus stop," says Mamula.

Diamond Brooks is a junior at Seneca Valley high. She's here most days, but says she doesn't hang out with the group she calls the 'transit kids.'According to Brooks they're not really gangs in the true sense, just kids who don't get along.

"I just know that a lot of people have problems with each other from different schools. I don't think its gang related. Just issues...," says Brooks.

Local police have added 8-new cameras in the depot for added security. Authorities say the next step, if needed, will be posted signs warning patrons not to loiter.

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