Disturbing TikTok challenge encourages students to bring weapons to school on Friday

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COLORADO SPRINGS — A dangerous TikTok challenge aimed at promoting school violence is raising concern across the country.

In a message sent to parents Thursday morning, Academy District 20 in Colorado Springs described a social media challenge stemming from the platform TikTok that encourages students to bring weapons to school on Friday, Dec. 17.

According to D20, this is the newest in a string of dangerous TikTok posts, but the challenge is NOT specific to any Academy District 20 school. Instead, it is a general post that is circulating across the nation.

We are aware of this challenge and the Academy District 20 (ASD20) Security Team is keeping in close contact with our partners in law enforcement, as well as with other local school district security teams.

Academy District 20

School leaders emphasized that, at this time, there is no specific threat toward the school. However, the school is investigating any rumors and/or threats that may arise.

Guardians are also being asked to speak with their student about this TikTok challenge. Specifically, students are asked not to repost any threatening posts and messages. Instead, they are to tell a trusted adult.

Lastly, D20 reminded parents and students that participation in social media threats, on or off school grounds, could result in school discipline and/or criminal charges.

D20 is not the only school district aware of the disturbing challenge. Schools and law enforcement agencies around the country are warning parents and students about the possible danger.

It is unclear when this newest challenge was created, but it comes after many other challenges have brought students face-to-face with criminal actions.

Back in September, a TikTok challenge called “Devious Licks” encouraged students to steal whatever they could from school bathrooms and post about it on the platform.

TikTok later removed videos connected to the “devious licks” trend, after saying the challenge was in violation of the platform’s community guidelines.  

Read the school’s full message:

Academy District 20,

Late yesterday we learned of another TikTok challenge that encourages students to bring weapons to school tomorrow, Dec. 17, 2021. This is the newest in a string of TikTok posts, but this challenge is NOT specific to any Academy District 20 school. It is a general post, circulating across our nation.

We are aware of this challenge and the Academy District 20 (ASD20) Security Team is keeping in close contact with our partners in law enforcement, as well as with other local school district security teams.

Again, there is no specific threat toward our schools. Even so, we will remain vigilant, continuing to investigate any rumors and/or threats that may arise. If anything develops, we will communicate with our families immediately.

Additionally, we need your help. Please speak with your student about this TikTok challenge. Ask them not to repost any threatening posts and messages. Instead, please remind them if they “see something” to “say something” to a trusted adult or report it via Safe2Tell.

Please remember, participation in social media threats, on or off school grounds, could result in school discipline and/or criminal charges.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support. We can only navigate these challenges when we all work together.

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