Charge Bus Driver Who Allegedly Called Middle Schoolers Racial Slurs Before Leaving Them Stranded

Target: Lori Swanson, Minnesota Attorney General

Goal: Charge the bus driver who allegedly called middle schoolers a racist term then left them in an industrial park.

A bus driver in Moorhead, Minnesota, is accused of calling a group of middle schoolers the n-word then kicking them off the bus and leaving them stranded alone in an industrial park. Not only is this incredibly racist, but it put the lives of these children at risk. Demand this bus driver be charged for reportedly abandoning these children.

Horizon Middle School student DeShanna Dotson says her bus driver kicked her and 20 other students off the bus and refused to take them home. The driver left the kids in an unsafe industrial area with no sidewalks.

To make matters worse, Moorhead Schools Superintendent Lynne Kovash says some kids were misbehaving and the bus driver was probably just fed up, as if this justifies calling kids racial slurs and abandoning the responsibility of getting them home safely.

Moorhead Schools says the bus driver is a contractor and not a direct employee of the school system and will no longer be driving for the schools. To relieve this person of their contract is not enough; Demand the bus driver be charged with endangering the lives of these students.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Attorney General Swanson,

A bus driver for Moorhead Schools in your state is accused of calling middle schoolers the n-word before refusing to drive them home and dropping them off at a dangerous industrial park. While the bus driver will no longer work for the school system, more must be done about this sickening behavior.

A bus driver should be stable enough to handle misbehaving children without calling them names and throwing them off the bus in an unsafe area. I demand you charge this bus driver with putting these children in danger.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Shinichi Sugiyama

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2 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    respect your passangers u evil racist bus driver! someone was mean to me on the bus that i was told to sit but i had no place to sit.

  2. Janet Lynch says:

    This despicable individual must never be allowed to work with children again. Using the n- word is NEVER acceptable behavior, but this person is also guilty of reckless endangerment of minor children. Claims that the driver was “fed up” with the children are no defense at all. If you take a job driving middle school children then you must be prepared for the challenges presented by children in that age group. If you can’t handle it, don’t drive a school bus. Criminal endangerment of vulnerable children is a very serious crime, whether you are “fed up” with them or not. Babies cry exasperatingly, but that does not excuse those who shake, beat and injure them in exasperation. These children could have been injured, lost, abducted or worse in this horrific situation. As it is, they and their families have been deeply traumatized. This individual must be held accountable for his/her shockingly irresponsible criminal acts and hideous racism. Such a person has no business around children, and obviously cannot be entrusted with the safety of his/her charges. Parents place great trust in school bus drivers, and schools and governments have a solemn responsibility to uphold that trust by ensuring that school bus drivers are not only safe and courteous drivers but also impeccably trustworthy individuals. This person is obviously neither safe, nor courteous nor even remotely trustworthy, but rather is a criminal. As such, he/she must be criminally prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, in addition to never being allowed to work with children again.

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