Several school districts in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area respond to threat posted on TikTok against schools across the country in contact with law enforcement
OKLAHOMA COUNTY (KFOR) – School districts in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area are responding to a threat posted on the TikTok social media platform against schools across the country.
Edmond Public Schools, the Putnam City School District, Deer Creek Public Schools and the Mid-Del School District all released statements on Thursday regarding a TikTok trend threatening gun violence in schools on Friday, December 17.
“The post refers to a threat to school safety” to every school in the United States, even elementary, “Edmond Superintendent Angela Grunewald said in a message to parents and guardians.
Officials at Edmond’s school are taking the threat seriously, according to Grunewald.
âEven though we don’t think the threat is specific to our local community, we are monitoring the situation closely and taking it seriously,â she said.
Edmond Police are also aware of the threat and ready to respond if necessary, Grunewald said.
âThey are ready to provide an additional presence in and around our buildings as an added precaution,â she said.
The Putnam City School District also informed families that they were aware of the threat.
âThe district worked with the Putnam City Campus Police Department and other agencies. The district will have an increased presence in our buildings on Friday as an added precaution, âthe Putnam City administrative team said in the email.
Mid-Del Superintendent Rick Cobb said Mid-Dell School officials spoke to law enforcement agencies in Del City, Midwest City, Oklahoma City and Forest Park.
âWe could have an increased security presence in our buildings on Friday as an added precaution,â Cobb said.
Deer Creek School District Superintendent Jason Perez said his district had been in contact with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office about the threat.
Classes will continue as previously planned with the holding of final exams.
No threats have been made locally, but any threats from a local student will be promptly investigated and the student will face academic and criminal consequences, school officials said.
âThis situation is a good example of why it is important to avoid sharing messages online that refer to threats to school safety,â the three emails from the school district said. âWhile these are not credible threats, they can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for our students, families and staff. We ask our families to monitor their children’s social media activity and talk to them about appropriate behavior online.
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