SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Local districts are monitoring an apparent nationwide TikTok trend threatening school violence on Friday, the last day of the semester for most students.
The social media posts reportedly warned that multiple schools would receive shooting and bomb threats.
TikTok released a statement on Twitter Friday, saying, “We’ve exhaustively searched for content that promotes violence at schools today, but have still found nothing.”
“Local authorities, the FBI, and DHS have confirmed there’s no credible threat, so we’re working to remove alarmist warnings that violate our misinformation policy,” the statement continued.
Still, many school districts stepped up security measures on Friday, including in Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Montana, New York and Pennsylvania.
Only a few announced plans to cancel school for the day.
Locally, school districts have not reported any incidents related to the TikTok rumors.
Administrators at the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System said they’re aware and actively monitoring the trend.
A spokesperson said campus police already planned to be out at schools to ensure a smooth end to the semester, so there were no changes to security measures.
According to Superintendent Dr. Yancy Ford, Effingham County Schools boosted its law enforcement presence Friday. Ford released the following statement to WSAV News 3:
Our schools take every potential threat serious and we worked closely with our Sheriff’s Department to ensure we had extra presence in and around our schools to make sure our students and staff remain safe. Our staff has also remained on high alert today for suspicious activity. We are thankful for the many staff and community members that help us keep our schools safe.
Likewise, Bulloch County Schools said they are aware of the trend. It was unclear if any additional safety measures were taken.
The Beaufort County School District has had an increased law enforcement presence all week after an uptick in threats.