SWEETWATER COUNTY — Both Sweetwater County School Districts released statements this afternoon addressing a recent social media challenge that threatens school attacks across the country on Friday, December 17.
The post refers to a threat to school safety “for every school in the USA, even elementary,” and appears to be part of a national Tik Tok trend.
“We have heard reports from other districts that the same post is circulating in their schools,” said Sweetwater County School District No. 1 Superintendent Kelly McGovern. “While we do not believe the threat to be credible, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking it seriously.”
Sweetwater County School District No. 2 Superintendent Craig Barringer said this situation serves as an example of why its important to avoid sharing posts on social media relating to school safety threats.
Even if they are not credible threats, they can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for our students, families and staff.SCSD No. 2 Superintendent Craig Barringer
Both districts have contacted local law enforcement about the post. Families are being asked to monitor their children’s social media activity and speak with them about proper behavior online. Students are also being encouraged to notify authorities if they witness any suspicious activities on social media or otherwise.
Reposting or repeating these types of malicious messages can have serious consequences, including school discipline and legal sanctions.