Ketchikan bus driver fired after alleged threat

A Ketchikan school bus driver has been fired after allegedly threatening children while holding a knife.

The driver, who wasn’t identified, had confiscated a knife from a student at the back of the bus. A grandparent, Clyde Pasterski, complained to the school board that when the driver was returning to the front of the bus, his grandchildren asked what she was doing with a knife.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports Pasterski said the driver allegedly answered, “It’s to slit your throats with.”

First Student, which operates the buses, said the April 10 incident was investigated. The driver, who has worked for the company since 2001, was fired for violating policies against threats of violence and harassment.

Alaska State Troopers investigated, but the district attorney’s office didn’t bring charges.