SCHOOL officials have issued a warning about the ‘Who Wants Smoke’ TikTok challenge after more than 50 students were suspended for pretending to hold a gun in school.
Students in at least two schools in separate states have caused a stir when they took part in an online challenge inspired by the song “Who Want Smoke” by Nardo Wick.
Challenge people to hold their phones up to the camera as if it were a weapon and simulate gun violence.
More than 50 students at West Creek High School in Clarksville, Tennessee, were suspended after participating in the challenge, as reported by the Clarksville Now.
Christian Williams, 17, told the outlet he invited dozens of his schoolmates to the challenge after he came across it while browsing social media.
“I’m at school and I’m using my phone to scroll through random Instagram stories. I saw a trend on someone’s site and I said, ‘Oh, we need to do this, we need to do this. We can go viral because of this,” Williams said.
The video went viral, receiving almost half a million likes on TikTok before Williams made it private.
The day after he posted the video, he was called to the principal’s office and informed that a parent had complained about the video, which was against the student code of conduct.
“School administration has consulted the CMCSS Student Code of Conduct ‘Discipline Ensures Different Behavior’. This includes “any conduct that is disruptive, dangerous, or harmful to students or others, not specifically listed here,” school communications director Jessica Goldberg told Clarksville Now.
Williams, a sophomore, said everyone in the video has been suspended.
In an incident that happened at Tinley Park High School outside of Chicago, students allegedly tricked their teachers and even the principal, Dr. Theresa Nolan, into taking up the challenge.
“From the best of our understanding, they were told that they were going to be in some kind of school video. They had no clue that they were going to be made to look like they were holding a gun,” Jamie said. Bonnema, a spokesperson for the school district, said, according to Fox32.
“They have no clue how their phones are going to be used like that. The videos are heavily edited to make them look specific. So it was purely a student hit at the school. deceive.
“We were extremely disappointed when we saw this video.”
The video was posted on Facebook, causing many people to outrage when seeing the teacher’s involvement was shocking.
Bonnema says everyone involved will suffer the consequences.
“It’s under investigation. We have to talk to everyone involved. We have to find out the specifics of what happened,” she added.
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