(KUTV) – Two Utah County elementary school students are being praised for doing the right thing when they spotted a handgun in a snow bank as they were boarding the school bus Friday morning.
According to the Alpine School District, the boys immediately alerted the bus driver who then in turn contacted police to come recover the gun.
“The boys were heroes in that they did not touch the gun, but reported it to a bus driver,” a note to sent by the school district to parents reads. “As always, we are impressed with our kids who know when they see something, they should say something.”
Pleasant Grove Police confirmed to 2News that the gun is connected to a situation that unfolded over two nights at a home near 1050 East 100 North.
A police SWAT team raided a home in that area Thursday night to arrest Nicholas William Haun, 38, after he escaped from officers the night before.
According to Pleasant Grove Police, Haun held a family member at gunpoint Wednesday night in the home but fled prior to officers arriving.
Investigators believe Haun ditched the gun in the snow bank when he was fleeing from officers on Wednesday night.
Alpine School District said they have directed teachers to look for signs of stress or anxiety because of the situation that unfolded outside the school bus and refer them to school counselors.