GAYLORD, Mich. – Aschool bus driver has been suspended after she apparently abandoned some students on an unfamiliar dirt road, district officials said.
Gaylord Community Schools bus driver Sena Black forced some students from the bus she was driving on May 22, authorities said. The students called their parents from a nearby home, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported Sunday.
There was no telephone listing in Gaylord under the driver's name.
Retiring Superintendent Carl Hilling said he reacted in disbelief when a parent called him about the incident.
On a digital video recording from the school bus that includes sound, Hilling said the students can be heard telling the driver that they did not know where they were. Hilling said the driver responds by saying: "I don't care."
"You could hear the intimidation in her voice," Hilling said.
The video did not show any bad behavior by the students, Hilling said.
Black was suspended with pay pending a meeting of the Gaylord Board of Education on Monday night.
Messages seeking additional details from Hilling were left Sunday at the district's offices and a residential listing.
Gaylord is located in the northern Lower Peninsula, about 200 miles northwest of Detroit.