LOS ANGELES (Sputnik) – The US law enforcement agencies have urged students to stay home on Friday over unconfirmed threatening messages circulating on the TikTok social network since Thursday indicating that shootings and bombings will take place at schools all around the United States on 17 December.
“The FBI takes all potential threats seriously. We regularly work with our law enforcement partners to determine the credibility of any threats… While we continue to monitor intelligence, we are not aware of any specific threats or known credible threats to schools in the Los Angeles region at this time,” FBI Los Angeles field office’s spokesperson said as quoted by ABC7.
Police departments, FBI and schools’ management across the US believe these threats may be a nationwide “TikTok challenge” or are being posted as an excuse to skip school before the winter break.
TikTok responded on Twitter saying that it deals with threats, even if rumoured, and is working with the US law enforcement to investigate any potential violence at schools, but “have not found evidence of such threats originating or spreading via TikTok.” Many people replied to TikTok’s tweet posting screenshots of messages received from schools saying that extra security has been ensured and there are no credible threats to schools, encouraging students not to miss classes.