Tallmadge schools investigating segregation on school bus

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TALLMADGE - When Randi Montagu of Tallmadge put her two sons on the school bus Tuesday morning, she never imagined what they say took place.

"My son Tylar texted me and said he didn't want to ride the bus anymore. He said the black kids were in the front and the white kids were in the back," said Montagu.

Her boys go to Tallmadge High School and Tallmadge Middle School.

They both ride bus number 9.

"I’m thinking this isn’t right, what’s going on. I felt segregation happening on that bus," said Tylar.

According to Tylar, the bus driver claimed the kids in the front are the trouble makers.

Tylar said he walked to the back, but his little brother Dakota stayed in the front.

"I was confused because I didn’t understand until I found out that she was putting us in groups by our color," said Dakota.

"I was so mad I was at a loss for words. You don’t hear about this kind of stuff, it was so hurtful that my kids had to go through that," said Montagu.

Fox 8 reached out to the superintendent of the Tallmadge City Schools who declined to go on camera.

"We received an allegation from a parent and that bus driver was immediately placed on administrative leave. We are currently investigating this incident. We have no tolerance for this type of action and will respond accordingly," said Jeffrey Ferguson, Superintendent, in a statement Tuesday.

The district outsources their transportation with the Petermann Bus Company, who declined to comment.

The company confirmed they have launched an investigation of their own.

The district says there are cameras on-board some of the school buses, but they don't know right now if there was one on that particular bus.

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