Schools in U.S. Taking Precautions Over TikTok Threat for Dec. 17 | PEOPLE.com

A number of school districts around the country are responding to an anonymous threat on TikTok that seemingly warns against students attending class on Friday.

The threat, or “challenge,” as some have referred to it, reportedly calls on students to commit acts of violence on Dec. 17. According to Syracuse.com, the threat labeled December 17, “National Shoot Up Your School Day,” and does not name a specific school or district.

While PEOPLE was not able to identify the TikTok post where the threat originated, there are now hundreds of other TikTok posts referencing the challenge and warning students to take precautions.

“Idk if this is true or not but apparently there is a threat on December 17 2021, schools in America are going to have a school shooting or bombing,” one user on the platform wrote. “[Once] again idk if this is true but if it is, stay safe. My mom called and told me so I looked it up. … stay safe America.”

Added another: “I’m scared off my a—, what do I do???”

In a statement, TikTok said it has not found evidence of the threat despite the alarming posts that have since gone viral.

“We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness, which is why we’re working with law enforcement to look into warnings about potential violence at schools even though we have not found evidence of such threats originating or spreading via TikTok,” the company said in a statement sent to PEOPLE and published on Twitter.

Source: Schools in U.S. Taking Precautions Over TikTok Threat for Dec. 17 | PEOPLE.com

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