OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Schools across the country are on high alert Friday for another disappointing social media threat that may not even be real.
Several school districts in Oklahoma have emailed parents, specify a TikTok post mentions a threat safe school for every school in the United States, even elementary schools, on Thursday afternoon.
While there is no *specific threat to any Oklahoma school, some parents have kept their children home today.
“It’s not a risk I’m willing to take,” said Sadie Niehoff, parent of Midwest City.
Putnam City School District, Yukon School District, Mid-Del School District and Edmond Public Schools are all on high alert after an alleged school threat was created on tiktok.
“I actually lost another baby,” Niehoff said. “And so we lost another child that made me more aware.”
Niehoff dropped her son from school on Friday.
An Edmond student sent a text message to her mother, saying, “our door was locked after the bell rang” and “we were not allowed to leave our classroom because of threats.”
“We take any threat very seriously. We never said, Oh, that’s just a threat,” said Edmond Public Schools Superintendent Angela Grunewald.
“But it’s clearly relevant from a safety standpoint, and for parents, we understand why they’d be concerned about that,” Del City Police Department Brad Cowden said.
But even in the presence of the police, some parents keep their children at home to ease their fears. Others, not too concerned.
“My children are going. My children are going to school. I refuse to live in fear,” said Rachel Segoviano, Yukon’s parent
“We need to go back to the comfort of letting our children know that we are okay in challenging times.”
Tiktok made this statement on Twitter:
“We handle [ever] The threats are rumored to be the most serious, which is why we are working with law enforcement to review warnings about potential violence at schools even though they are I found no evidence of such threats originating or spreading through TikTok. ”
But responding to a threat of any kind is understandable. There have been forty school shootings in the United States since 2020.
“You don’t know if it’s real or not, and our kids are the most important thing and our teachers,” Niehoff said.
“But we will always make mistakes on the cautious side,” said Cpt. Cowden.
“We investigated each of them and did it thoroughly with the help of the police department,” said Supt. Grunewald.
https://kfor.com/news/local/its-not-a-risk-im-willing-to-take-oklahoma-parents-react-after-alleged-threat-posted-on-tiktok-against-schools-across-nation/ ‘It’s not a risk I’m willing to take,’ Oklahoma parent reacted after alleged threats were posted on TikTok against schools nationwide