updated 12/20/2008 3:18:54 PM ET 2008-12-20T20:18:54

A Texas school bus driver has been arrested after allegedly brandishing a knife and threatening three sixth-graders for leaving cookie crumbs on a seat.

Police say they confiscated a pocket knife with a 2-inch blade after taking the 66-year-old into custody.

Two students told their parents that William Allen took them out of the bus this week. He reportedly threatened to cut their wrists if they didn't admit eating Oreo cookies and leaving crumbs.

One parent said no matter how good an employee Allen is, the girls are "traumatized."

Allen has been taken to jail. A school administrator said he's been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

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