CENTRAL COAST, Calif. (KION-TV) Parents and school districts are releasing statements of concern over a social media challenge violently threatening schools.
The San Benito School District sent a letter to parents about a “disturbing message” circulating on the TikTok social media platform, a trend that includes a threat to school safety on Friday, December 17.
The Hollister Police Department is in contact with the district and said they were not aware of any specific threats to San Benito High School. They also said the videos were not created by any students in the district and did not think the threat was credible.
“The situation is a good example of why it is important to avoid sharing online messages that refer to threats to school safety,” the San Benito High School district administration said in the letter, “We ask our families to monitor their children’s social media activity and discuss appropriate behavior online with them.”
The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office also released a statement saying it was aware of the trend but had not received any specific threats against Santa Cruz County and no identifiable credible and verifiable threats in their region.
Greenfield and Gilroy Police were responding to threats that were to occur on Friday December 17th at the “GHS”. Greenfield Police said there was no immediate threat to Greenfield High School, but officers were present on the school grounds today and tomorrow.
The Gilory High School District has decided to take “great caution” and cancel classes tomorrow at Gilroy High School, but the school will still be in session for other campuses in the district.
The Gonzalez Unified School District also released a statement saying they were working closely with Gonzalez Police, but they saw no credible threats directed at any of their schools.
The Soledad Police Department released a similar statement asking people to contact the department if they encounter threats on social media.
North Monterey County High School has issued a lockdown after receiving threats against the campus. The students have since been released.