Rumored TikTok 'challenge' warns of possible school shootings across the country: report
An anonymous threat of a new disturbing TikTok trend has school districts across the United States on high alert. According to the New York Post, the threat claims multiple school shootings will occur on Friday, December 17.
Although authorities believe the threat is fake, schools across the country are leaving nothing to chance and have taken measured to protect students. Concerned school administrators have increased campus security at their schools and sent home letters to parents alerting them about the possible threat.
On Thursday, Baltimore County Public Schools released a statement addressing the situation. The school district insisted that the threat is "not credible" but also noted that the situation will be monitored.
“Law enforcement agencies have investigated this threat and determined that it originated in Arizona and is not credible,” the Baltimore County Public Schools' tweeted from its official Twitter account on Thursday.
The school district added, "Law enforcement agencies have investigated this threat and determined that it originated in Arizona and is not credible. We want to continue to encourage members of Team BCPS to report suspicious or threatening activities or postings."
(2/3) Law enforcement agencies have investigated this threat and determined that it originated in Arizona and is not credible. We want to continue to encourage members of Team BCPS to report suspicious or threatening activities or postings.— Baltimore County Public Schools (@Baltimore County Public Schools) 1639667569
Despite the statements insisting the threats are false, school districts are asking parents to discuss the growing concern with their children. In an official letter obtained by Fox-6 Milwaukee, the Waukesha School District deputy superintendent in Wisconsin emphasized that all threats are taken seriously.
“Parents, we are asking you to discuss this with your children,” the letter read. “We take all threats seriously and any threats against the school or district will be disciplined to the greatest extent possible, up to and including expulsion from school.”
In wake of the latest, disturbing threats, TikTok has also released a statement addressing the situation. “We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness," the social network wrote, adding, "which is why we’re working with law enforcement to look into warnings about potential violence at schools even though we have not found evidence of such threats originating or spreading via TikTok.”
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