Alpine School District says bus driver furloughed after ‘threatening’ comment to students

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A photo of school buses parked outdoors in Utah in 2021. An Alpine School District bus driver was placed on administrative leave Friday, according to a district spokesperson. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

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LEHI — An Alpine School District bus driver has been placed on administrative leave as the district investigates the use of “threatening acts or language,” officials said Friday night.

The incident allegedly happened earlier Friday, according to a district spokesperson. The district has not released any information about the incident.

However, a parent of a student at Dry Creek Elementary School sent KSL a 16-second video that appears to capture the incident in question. In it, a student records through the window as the students talk about a missed stop.

The apparent driver’s voice then emerges over the PA system.

“If one more person says ‘Where are we going?’ I’ll shoot them, okay?” says the person in the clip. “Now look, I missed the stop. I’m trying to turn around. Do you understand?”

The Alpine School District spokesperson said the driver was placed on administrative leave after the district was alerted to the incident.

“We strongly condemn any threatening action or language directed at others,” the district wrote in a statement. “We expect all employees to create safe and nurturing environments free from verbal or physical threats. Appropriate steps will be taken to ensure this issue is addressed and not repeated.”

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Carter Williams is an award-winning journalist who covers general news, the outdoors, history and sports for KSL.com. He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a transplant from Utah via Rochester, New York.

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