Schools Take Precautions Following Threats of Violence Made on TikTok

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A number of US schools are reacting to anonymous threats of violence that were made on TikTok ahead of December 17. 

Several school districts have implemented precautionary measures, including canceling classes, in response to anonymous bomb threats made on the video-enhancing social media platform TikTok, per USA Today

While the threats are said to be not credible, TikTok is now investigating posts related to “National Shoot Up Your School Day,” which reportedly calls on students to commit acts of violence on December 17. 

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“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,” the company said in a statement via Twitter. 

USA Today reported there is an increased police presence in Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Montana, New York and Pennsylvania on Friday as a result of the threats, while schools in California, Minnesota, Missouri and Texas are closed. 

In Florida, the North Port Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies in keeping a “close eye on schools” in light of the “nationwide generic threat conversations.”

“The threats circulating on social media claiming that December 17 is a day to do harm at schools. The North Port Police Department is aware of the information. We take all threats, joking or not, seriously,” the department said. “Please talk to your children about making the seriousness of making these types of claims and the consequences, which could result in an arrest and/or removal from your school.” 

The threats come on the heels of a deadly shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan, where 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley allegedly killed four students and injured six other people, including a teacher. He has since entered a not guilty plea on charges that include first-degree murder and terrorism. 

RELATED: Students Walk Out of Oregon High School in Protest of Racist TikTok Video

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