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Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Moorhead schools is investigating after a bus driver got upset with a bus full of middle school students and forced them to get out of the bus and left them stranded on the side of the road.

Today, some of those students say the bus driver also yelled racial slurs at them.

"He said, you guys can get off my bus and walk home. I'm not driving you guys home," said Deshanna Dotson, student.

Horizon Middle Schooler, DeShanna Dotson said her bus driver left her and about 20 classmates at the 2500 block of 12th Avenue South around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

"It was kind of in a scary area, too."

"He dropped them off in the industrial park. It's not a safe area, there's no sidewalks to walk on," said Stacy Olson, Deshanna's mother.

Moorhead Superintendent Lynne Kovash says the school was notified around 4:30 p.m.

"We did find that there were students that were misbehaving on the bus. I think the bus driver just kind of got fed up," said Lynne Kovash, Moorhead Schools superintendent.

DeShanna's mother says she can't believe what happened..

"If you can't control yourself for the little time you do drive the bus, then you shouldn't be working there," said Olson.

DeShanna says the bus driver was shouting racial slurs.

"He called us the 'N word" when we got off the bus," said Dotson.

"At no point, even if the children were bad, should they have been called any racist name," said Olson.

The driver was not an employee with Moorhead Schools.

"It was with one of our contracted companies," said Kovash.

Officials told us they've filed all the appropriate reports and there will be further investigation..

"Interview students and find out what really happened on that bus."

Stacy says the bus company did call to apologize but she's disappointed she hasn't heard anything from the School.

"It makes your heart sink thinking of what could have happened," said Olson.

Kovash says the bus driver will no longer be driving for Moorhead Schools.

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