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Bus driver in Utah is under investigation, accused of threatening to shoot students, police say

The incident happened Friday afternoon in Saratoga Springs, police said. The driver is on administrative leave, the Alpine School District said.

Police are investigating a bus driver in Utah who is accused of threatening to shoot students Friday.

The incident involved a driver, who was not identified, with the Alpine School District, Saratoga Springs Police Lt. Zach Robinson said.

Robinson told NBC News on Monday that investigators have spoken to four parents and are looking into whether the bus driver made a threat to shoot students after the driver missed a stop.

Police are also investigating whether the driver had a weapon. The investigation has not determined that the driver had a weapon, Robinson said.

Multiple recordings were made of the alleged threat, he said.

“One of the students on the bus recorded. The school district also has cameras on the buses,” Robinson said.

The Alpine School District said in a statement Monday it condemns threatening language.

“The employee is on administrative leave pending an investigation,” it said. “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.”

KUTV of Salt Lake City posted a video of the alleged threat. Robinson confirmed the authenticity of the video, which he said was recorded by a student.

In the video, a person is heard saying, “If one more person says, 'Where are we going?' I’m going to shoot them.”

The voice on the video then says: “Now, listen, I missed the stop. I’m trying to turn around. Do you understand? OK. Sit down and be.”

The incident occurred in Saratoga Springs, about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City.