No Local Threats Have Been Made at This Time
MARSHFIELD, WI (OnFocus) – Local school districts, including Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools and School District of Marshfield, are alerting families and staff about a trend circulating this week on the popular social media platform, TikTok.
The TikTok in reference allegedly concerns a post threatening school safety “for every school in the USA, even elementary,” on Friday, December 17. The trend did not originate locally, but has been shared nationally. No direct threats have been made to local schools at this time.
“While we do not believe the threat to be credible, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking it seriously,” Dr. Ryan Christianson, Superintendent in Marshfield wrote. “Please be aware that both the school district and law enforcement take threats of this nature very seriously, and individuals who make threats to school safety will face significant school disciplinary and legal consequences.”
Both districts are working closely with local law enforcement to monitor the situation.
“This situation serves as a good example of why is it important to avoid sharing posts online that refer to school safety threats,” wrote Craig Boeren, Wisconsin Rapids Superintendent. “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 law enforcement right away.
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