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Students locked on school bus for 'not listening'

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A bus driver has resigned after refusing to let school children go home to their parents. (CNN) A bus driver has resigned after refusing to let school children go home to their parents. (CNN)
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A bus driver has resigned after refusing to let school children go home to their parents.

The Arizona bus driver would not open the doors to the bus until the students on board started to behave, and it was all caught on surveillance video.

"The longer that we stay here the more your parents are going to be getting upset. And not at me. They're going to be getting upset with you because it's your fault you're not getting off the bus,” the bus driver said to the students.

As the surveillance video started, the bus driver closed the door and refused to let students off until they started behaving and listening.

However, the students got louder and parents got upset, with one who kicked the door.

The bus driver yelled back at the parent “You break that door you're going to be buying a new one. Your kid well get off the bus when I am done with them."

The students started yelling, and one child was heard screaming for help, but the bus driver wouldn't let them off and kept arguing with the parents outside.

Then the bus driver drives off, and as they watch their parents get left behind, many of the children started crying.

The driver said he took off because he was concerned for the children's safety.

He took the students back to their elementary school where they were released from the bus.

No injuries were reported.

The school district is conducting an investigation and put the bus driver on administrative leave, but some parents said that isn't enough.

The bus driver ultimately resigned.

"They're responsible for the lives of those children on a school bus to get home safely, and he did the exact opposite of that,” said parent Adam Kautman.

Some parents supported his decision, saying there was no way he could know if those were the students' real parents.

The superintendent of schools said this was not the bus driver's scheduled route, but that all drivers are responsible for children's safety.

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