A Utah school bus driver is on administrative leave after she apparently told elementary students after missing a stop that she would “shoot” the next passenger who asks, “Where are we going?”
What are the details?
KSTU-TV reported that a parent of a student at Dry Creek Elementary School in Lehi sent the station a video Friday that the student recorded while riding the bus home that afternoon.
“One more person says, ‘Where are we going?,’ I’m going to shoot them,” the driver is heard saying through an intercom. “OK, now listen — I missed the stop; I’m trying to turn around. Do you understand? OK. Sit down and be [quiet].”
Here’s the video:
An Alpine School District spokesperson offered the station the following statement: “We are aware of a situation on a bus today. The employee is on administrative leave pending an investigation. We strongly condemn any threatening action or language directed toward others. We expect all employees to create safe and nurturing environments free of verbal or physical threats. Appropriate action will be taken to ensure this matter is addressed and not repeated.”
Rex Brimhall, the district’s director of transportation, addressed a letter to Dry Creek Elementary school parents, saying the district has taken immediate action to make sure students were safe, KSL-FM reported.
The district did not release the driver’s identity or say whether the driver is on paid or unpaid leave, USA Today reported.
Saratoga Springs Police Lt. Zach Robinson told NBC News Monday that investigators have spoken to four parents and are looking into whether the bus driver had a weapon. Robinson told the network that the investigation has not determined the driver had a weapon.