US schools close due to threats from TikTok

Students went to Tiktok on Friday morning to post videos of empty classrooms. (Credit: SOPA Image)

School districts across the US canceled classes on Friday, following reports of bomb and shooting threats across the country. TikTok.

According to local media reports, counties in California, Texas, Minnesota and Missouri were closed on Friday, December 17.

Other counties have increased their police presence or have emailed parents to say they are investigating the allegations.

So far local authorities found that the threats are not credible or specific. Local counties and police departments reported hearing about a trend related to the possibility of school shootings or bombings on December 17.

Multiple schools and law enforcement officials have stated that the threats have not been verified but are being investigated.

‘Law enforcement agencies investigated this threat and determined that it originated in Arizona and is not to be trusted,’ Baltimore County Public Schools wrote on Twitter.

‘Currently, there is no threat to any school in Mexico, [Missouri], ‘Written Missouri School District.

Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey tweeted, ‘there are no known specific threats against New Jersey schools’.

Threats emanating from TikTok could be self-perpetuating as TikTok users started creating videos under the hashtag #schoolthreats warning others that they should skip school on December 17, citing threats to shoot or hit bomb.

TikTok is reported to have not identified any videos that pose specific threats and is working with law enforcement to take the warnings with ‘maximum seriousness’.

Company written in a tweet on Thursday.

Now that schools are canceling classes in response to those alleged threats, a new wave of videos has surfaced with additional warnings based on both the alleged claims and schools. actual cancellation case, the reality of some classes.

A school district in Little Falls, Minnesota, chose to cancel Friday classes after being notified by the state’s Department of Public Safety of ‘an emerging TikTok trend targeting Friday, December 17, which is the date threatening to shoot and bomb in schools’ .

According to a post on the Little Falls Community School website, law enforcement determined through interviews that Little Falls was ‘specifically identified in a TikTok post regarding this threat’.

After consulting with law enforcement, Superintendent Stephen Jones said in an email The Verge that the Little Falls School District has made the decision to cancel classes.

“What I can tell you is that the threat was communicated to schools through students who were reported to watch it on TikTok,” Jones said, adding that the threat was being investigated by police.

Students went to Tiktok yesterday morning to post video of empty classrooms.

At least one police department said it saw a text message threatening a school on Friday. The Los Angeles School Police Department has identified a user who posted one of the alleged videos and determined he was not a ‘credible threat’.

Just this month, three students died and eight were injured in one school shooting in Oxford, Michigan. The US has seen 9 school shootings and 235 inactive shootings this year, according to Center for Defense and Homeland Security. So it makes sense that the threat is being taken seriously.

The TikTok trend has been a breeding ground for dangerous rumors in the past. This year, the ‘slapping the teacher’ challenge made rounds, turned out to be fake. In many cases, it is difficult to distinguish a trend from an actual threat.

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