Ascension Public Schools says it’s aware of TikTok trend, don’t believe threat to be credible but taking precautions

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FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 photo, a logo of a smartphone app TikTok is seen on a user post on a smartphone screen, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

ASCENSION PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — In a statement, Ascension Public Schools have said they are aware of a circulating national TikTok trend threatening violence and ask anyone aware of a potential threat in the parish to report it.

Statement from Superintendent David Alexander:

Dear Families,

The Ascension Public Schools administration has become aware of a troubling post that has been shared widely this week on the social media platform TikTok. The post refers to a threat to school safety 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 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 Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Gonzales Police Department regarding the trend.

This situation serves as a good example of why it is important to avoid sharing posts online that refer 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. We ask our families to monitor their children’s social media activity and speak with them about proper behavior online.

If you or your child become aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please notify a school staff member or trusted adult right away.

As always, thank you for your partnership as we work to ensure a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for our students.

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