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Social Media Issues

Dear Families,

 

We have become aware of a troubling post that is being shared this week on the social media platform TikTok. The post refers to a threat to school safety “for every school in the USA, even elementary,” on Friday, December 17. The post appears to be part of a national TikTok trend. 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 Tahlequah Police Department regarding the trending post. We may have an increased security presence in our buildings on Friday as an added precaution.

 

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. Students need to be aware such threats can lead to school discipline as well as criminal charges.

 

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.

 

Sincerely,

 

Leon Ashlock

Leon Ashlock

Tahlequah PS Superintendent