WCCO EYE4 LOGO WCCO Radio wcco-eye-green01, ww color green

Local

Minn. Bus Driver Fired For Alleged Racist Comment

View Comments
school bus generic, school

(credit: Jupiter Images)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. Best Shopping Deals In September
  2. Students Get Ready To Head Back To School
  3. Minnesotan To Meet: Scott Mayer
  4. Fast Food Workers To Protest Across U.S.
  5. The Lowdown: Our Before Bed Habits

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) – A bus driver for the Albert Lea School District has been fired after a disputed incident in which two kids accused him of making a racist comment.

Steven Jannings is an executive with Agnes Corp., which owns Albert Lea Bus Co. He says the driver’s conduct wasn’t up to the company’s standards.

Two 11-year-old passengers reported that a student wasn’t staying seated, and the driver yelled, “Hey, black kid, get your (butt) up here.” The kids say at least a third of the students began chanting, “Racist!” An Albert Lea Tribune report says the driver called police.

Jannings says the students’ recollection wasn’t entirely accurate. He says part of it was true but it wasn’t stated that way.

Company and school officials declined to release video from the bus.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,826 other followers