No Specific Social Media Threats to KSD Schools on December 17
Kent School district is aware of a disturbing post that has been shared extensively this week on the social media platform TikTok. The post suggests a threat to school safety “for every school in the USA, even elementary schools,” on Friday, December 17.
The post appears to be part of a national TikTok trend and did not originate in our district. While we do not believe the threat is credible, we continue closely monitoring the situation, and we are taking it seriously. Our Office of School Safety works with law enforcement agencies to closely monitor such cases, actively assesses any threats to our schools, and responds as needed to help keep our schools, students, and staff safe.
Posting threatening language on social media is no laughing matter. This situation serves as an excellent example of why it is important to avoid sharing posts online that refer to school safety threats. Even if they are not credible threats, they can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for our students, families, and staff. Therefore, we ask our families to monitor their children’s social media activity and speak with them about proper behavior online.
If you or your child become aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please notify a school staff member or trusted adult right away.
As always, thank you for your partnership as we work to ensure a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for our students. We can continue to provide a safe teaching and learning environment for all students and staff by working together. If you see something, say something.