National “December 17th Threat” Started On TikTok, According To Officials.
NO SPECIFIC PALM BEACH COUNTY THREATS.
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
UPDATE @ 8AM — District issues statement to teachers, parents, students. Read it below.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) (5:57 AM) — Palm Beach County School Officials Friday morning say school is not being affected, at all, by rampant internet threats that claim shootings and bombings will occur at schools nationwide today.
“We have no specific threats against any school in the District,” said Palm Beach County School Spokesperson Claudia Shea to BocaNewsNow.com late Thursday night. “This seems to be part of a national trend stemming from another social media challenge.”
Parents aware of the threats made the situation worse by taking to Facebook and other social media channels Thursday night to post questions about the posts their children were seeing online. Instead of calling authorities, many parents in and around Boca Raton engaged in a grown-up version of “whisper down the lane,” localizing general threats and claiming they heard local schools were involved. While we have the names of several parents who posted, we are not republishing their names unless authorities determine their posts rise to the level of criminality.
The “December 17th” threats appear to be part of a nationwide social media challenge designed to force schools to close. Police departments nationwide are investigating. There are no specific threats involving schools in the Palm Beach County School District.
Statement issued 8A to all students, teachers and parents:
“Our District, and other districts across the country have seen an increase in threats of
violence circulating on social media platforms, including TikTok. Currently, there is a
video circulating on TikTok nationally, encouraging school violence.
While there are no specific threats to any District schools, please know that School
District Police are fully aware of this trend, and ready to respond immediately if that
situation changes. The District takes each and every threat directed towards our
schools and members of our school communities very seriously.
We ask parents to talk to monitor their children’s social media and to instruct them to
report any threats to a trusted adult or through the Fortify Florida or SaferWatch
app.They should not participate in, or promote, any threats of violence. Making a threat against a school is a second degree felony in Florida.
In addition to criminal consequences, posting threatening language on social media
violates the Student Code of Conduct which could lead to expulsion from school.“
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