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TikTok threats impacting Tulsa area schools

Posted at 8:09 AM, Dec 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-17 19:31:27-05

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa area school districts are addressing concerns about possible threats on social media.

A trend on TikTok popped up nationwide urging students to commit violent acts at school on Friday, Dec. 17.

Schools in the Tulsa metro reached out to parents through email addressing those concerns. Local law enforcement told 2 News the threats are not credible but are working with school districts to keep students and faculty safe.

"This trend 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 stress and anxiety for students, families, and staff," reads a portion of the letter sent to parents from Jenks Public Schools.

Bixby Public Schools' Superintendent Ron Miller told parents the threats are vague, but the district still takes them seriously.

"We are monitoring the situation closely with our law enforcement partners and will be ready to respond if needed. We plan to have an increased security presence at our buildings on Friday as an added precaution," Miller writes.

Tulsa Public Schools also sent a letter about the TikTok trend, but additional security was at Rogers High School. TPS says the school received a bomb threat and personal threats towards two administrators. Campus police and TPD responded to the scene to investigate.

Rogers will be on a modified lockdown due to the threats. Students will have minimal movement for their school day. No one is allowed to visit the campus unless they are a student or a TPS staff member.

All of the districts are encouraging parents to talk with their children about social media.

TikTok responded to the threat rumors in a series of tweets.

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