By Max Bowenfirstname.lastname@example.org
In North Attleborough and surrounding communities, police have increased patrols at schools in response to a viral Tik Tok post.
The post, which was widely shared on the social media platform, refers to a threat to the safety at every school in the U.S., even elementary. In a letter sent to parents, School Superintendent John Antonucci said that the post does not seem to originate in North Attleborough.
“While we do not believe the threat to be credible, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking it seriously,” wrote Antonucci.
The superintendent added that he has been in contact with the police. The NAPD stated that they would be upping their patrols as a precaution on Friday.
In a post to its Twitter page, Tik Tok stated that they are looking into the threat and working with law enforcement. Nationwide, school districts announced that they were working with area law enforcement in response to the post.
Antonucci said that this incident shows the harm that can come with sharing school safety threats online. He advised any students or parents that learn of such posts to alert the police or schools.
“Even if they are not credible threats, they can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for our students, faculty, and staff,” stated Antonucci. “We ask our families to monitor their children’s social media activity and speak with them about proper behavior online.”