December 16, 2021 - While we have discussed disturbing social media trends with you before, a new challenge is circulating which threatens school violence, causing concern among many districts across the United States. The new trend which has emerged on TikTok is being viewed as a national threat to schools. The trend is part of an extensive list of shocking TikTok school challenges that have surfaced and gone viral recently on social media.
A number of schools across the nation have been made aware of a threat of gun violence on Dec. 17. The unconfirmed rumor generally states that there will be multiple school shootings across the U.S. on this date. The trend has been discussed extensively on the TikTok social media platform.
While we have not received any credible threats related to this challenge here at Rio Rancho Public Schools, we want you to know that we take all threats seriously and will investigate each thoroughly. Any student who makes a threat could face criminal charges and will be subject to disciplinary action.
We would like to ask for your assistance to talk to your students and ask them to immediately report any school threat, while also letting them know about the severity of making such threats. With our continued partnership with you, we are confident that we can put an end to this challenge before it finds its way into our district. We appreciate your continued support and assistance as we navigate these recent challenges from social media.