Educators have announced plans to increase security in response to TikTok posts warning of shooting and bomb threats at schools around the country Friday as officials assured parents the viral posts were not considered credible. The posts circulating online warned that multiple schools would receive shooting and bomb threats. The threats had many educators on edge, as they circulated in the aftermath of a deadly school shooting in Michigan, which has been followed by copycat threats to schools around the country. TikTok said it was working with law enforcement to investigate. The posts follow a disturbing trend that has had students acting out in response to social media challenges.
Area schools are responding to the threat. Amherst, Bedford, and Campbell County schools all notified parents that while they don’t believe the threat is credible, they’re taking it seriously and have sheriff’s deputies at school buildings today.
Here is the letter to parents from Amherst County Schools:
Dear Amherst County Families
Amherst County Public Schools has become aware of a troubling post that has been shared nationally on the
social media platform TikTok. The post refers to a threat to school safety “for every school in the USA, even
elementary,” on Friday, December 17.
The post appears to be part of a national TikTok trend and did not originate in our school district. We have heard
reports from other districts that the same post is circulating in their schools. While there are no reported threats
specific to our district and we do not believe the threat to be credible, we are closely monitoring the situation
and taking it seriously.
Additionally, the district has been in contact with the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office regarding the post. We
will have an increased police presence at our buildings on Friday as an added precaution.
Even though this has not been identified as a credible threat we ask that students and parents are vigilant in
reporting any type of threat as we work together to review the appropriate online behavior with children. If you
or your child become aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please do not
repost. Instead, notify your child’s building administration or law enforcement immediately.
At this time, Amherst County Public Schools will remain open and as always, thank you for your partnership
as we work to ensure a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for every child, every day