The threat, or “challenge,” as some have referred to it, reportedly calls on students to commit acts of violence on Dec. 17. According to Syracuse.com, the threat labeled December 17, “National Shoot Up Your School Day,” and does not name a specific school or district.
Tiktok school Threat December 17:
School districts across the United States are cancelling classes on Friday, December 17th due to reports of threats that are supposedly being made on TikTok.
Various school locale around the nation are reacting to an unknown danger on TikTok that apparently cautions against understudies going to class on Friday.
While PEOPLE couldn’t distinguish the TikTok post where the danger began, there are currently many other TikTok posts referring to the test and cautioning understudies to avoid potential risk.
“Idk if this is true or not but apparently there is a threat on December 17 2021, schools in America are going to have a school shooting or bombing,” one user on the platform wrote. “[Once] again idk if this is true but if it is, stay safe. My mom called and told me so I looked it up. … stay safe America.”
Added another: “I’m scared off my a—, what do I do???”
“We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness, 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,”
We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness, 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.
— TikTokComms (@TikTokComms) December 16, 2021
A representative told to media that the company is investigating.
The admonitions reference the danger has been sufficient to get a reaction from school regions and law implementation organizations as understudies plan for classes on Friday.
“Law-enforcement agencies around the country are keeping a close eye on schools in the wake of nationwide generic school threat conversations,” Florida’s North Port Police Department wrote in a tweet on Thursday evening.
“The threats circulating on social media claiming that December 17 is a day to do harm at schools,” they added. “The Northport Police Department is aware of the information. We take all threats, joking or not, seriously.”
The Naugatuck Police Department in Connecticut issued a release telling parents they would increase their presence at schools in the “coming days.”
“Due to an uptick in unrelated threats at schools in the region, the Naugatuck Police will be increasing our presence and patrols at Borough Schools in the coming days,” they wrote. “While there has been NO threat against Naugatuck Schools, students, or staff, the public can anticipate our presence to increase the community’s sense of safety during the coming school days.”
The warnings come less than three weeks after four Oxford High School students were killed during a school shooting in Michigan. Ethan Crumbley, 15, is charged as an adult with multiple crimes, including terrorism causing death and four counts of first-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty.