Yukon Public Schools, other officials in area aware of TikTok threats

Statement issued by YPS

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By Robert Medley

Managing Editor

The latest threat to schools found on TikTok, a social media app, has been addressed on Friday by Yukon Public Schools and other area districts.

The Oklahoma City Archdiocese, with Catholic schools in Yukon, Okarche and Oklahoma City also released a similar statement about the threats.

Piedmont Schools and police have continued to investigate a separate case of threats at the high school since October.

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A statement from Yukon Public Schools released Friday reads:

Dear Families, Yukon Public Schools has 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 Yukon 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,” according to the YPS statement.

District officials stated that if a child or parents is aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, they should 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,” the statement reads.

Lara Schuler, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Director of Catholic Education released the following letter.

Dear Archdiocese of Oklahoma City School Families, the Catholic Education Department has become aware of a troubling post that is being shared this week on the social media platform TikTok. This has been part of a national TikTok trend and to our knowledge did not originate locally. While we do not believe the threat to be credible at this time in our local community, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking it seriously. The post refers to a threat to school safety “for every school in the USA, even elementary,” on Friday, December 17.”

The local police departments have been aware of the recent posts and additional presence in the areas of our schools has been requested. School will be held as normal tomorrow with finals occurring as previously scheduled at middle school and high school levels as applicable.  

Even if this is not a credible threat, it creates a situation that 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 remind them about proper behavior online. These types of posts are negative for everyone involved.

Any threats that originate from a Catholic School within the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will not only be quickly investigated but there are both school and criminal consequences for making such threats. Please visit with your child about these consequences.  

“If you or your child becomes aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please contact the police and your school office. 

As always, thank you for your commitment to Catholic education as we work together to ensure a safe, secure, and positive learning spaces for our students.”

 

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