EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Approximately 80 to 150 bus drivers with Socorro ISD say they will not be completing their bus routes Wednesday following the departure of SISD Transportation Director Jackie Gutierrez.

The drivers say they are standing in solidarity with Gutierrez after she was unexpectedly let go from her post in the department Wednesday morning. The move comes after a difficult first week of school where many busses were overcrowded, and some students were dropped off at the wrong bus stops.

The bus drivers say about 80 to 150 of them will not be servicing their routes Wednesday to drop students off at home. These routes range from elementary to the high school level.

One driver who says he has been a bus driver for over 10 years, telling KTSM 9 News that it was difficult decision choosing to not pick up students on Wednesday afternoon.

“Them to be waiting for and not show up I mean that’s heartache for everybody I honestly don’t like that idea period. But I mean what are we supposed to do when things are unjust I mean how else are we supposed to tell people that this is wrong and you need to change it and put it back the way it was,” said Jorge Alvarez a SISD bus driver.

Another driver who says she has been driving for the district for six years choosing to not pick up students Wednesday afternoon.

“Were a very undervalued department and I strongly believe not just because I work here but we do help this district run, we transport thousands of students and only we know how we do it,” said April Rendon

Socorro ISD Superintendent Dr. Nate Carman declined to comment on personnel matters, only saying that Gutierrez is still an employee with the district. He claimed the number of bus drivers boycotting was much smaller, only about 12, despite KTSM meeting with more than two dozen drivers earlier in the afternoon.

“I was informed that all of our routes covered this afternoon, we did not terminate the director of transportation she is still an employee of the school district, and I would hope that our drivers would put the safety and security and the obligation of their job ahead of any personal feelings they might have,” said Carmen.

Dr. Carman says the district will still be picking up all students, even if buses have to make extra rounds.

This is a developing story and Shelby Kapp will have the latest coming up during the 5 pm and 6 pm newscasts.