UPDATE 9:51 a.m. 12/17/2021: The Muscogee County School District (MCSD) released a message to parents and students on the TikTok trend.
MCSD shared there may be additional security and police presence on campuses as extra precaution. Anyone that becomes aware of an active threat is asked to call the Muscogee County School District Police at (706) 748-2743.
That can be read below:
CHAMBERS COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL) — Local schools have caught wind of a viral TikTok trend encouraging students to bring weapons to school Friday, Dec. 17 to, “every school in the USA, even elementary.”
The viral post has circulated nationally, calls students to commit acts of violence unofficially marking Dec. 17 as ‘National Shoot Up Your School Day.’
While the post does not target any specific schools, school systems across the nation are taking precautions and being hypervigilant to any potential threats.
Chambers County School District responded to the viral trend on Facebook, recognizing the trend and highlighting the fact there are no active threats currently to the school district.
“The post appears to be part of a national TikTok trend and did not originate in our school district. We have heard reports from other districts that the same post is circulating in their schools. While we do not believe the threat to be credible, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking it seriously.”
The full post can be read below:
TikTok responded to the unnerving trend in a tweet saying they are working with law enforcement to investigate potential violence.
Russell County School District sent out a similar notice earlier today, both school districts do not have active threats at this time.
If anyone has information on a potential threat, they are asked to notify a staff member or local authorities immediately.