Schools increase police presence, in response to circulating threats on TikTok

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)– Many schools have announced alongside their police departments that there will be an increase in police presence at schools Friday.

The concern comes from violent threats against schools across the entire country circulating on TikTok.

The Rhode Island Department of Education has released a statement on the matter,

RIDE is aware of the recent social media trend and has been in contact with the Rhode Island State Police. RIDE will continue working with our state and local authorities to monitor the situation and keep schools updated with the latest information.

Schools in West Warwick, Coventry, and East Providence are among the many schools in the state saying they are taking these threats seriously.

In letters sent to parents, officials say even though there are no specific threats to these schools, but out of an abundance of caution, police and schools officials want to ensure the safety of their students and staff.

“The letter from every district was basically a carbon copy of itself and that was strange to me,” Attleboro parent Jennifer Boyd said. “Tik Tok is widespread, every kid uses it. What would happen if one kid used this as an opportunity to go to school and start something really, really bad?”

Some parents tell ABC 6 they have decided to keep their child home from school Friday in response to these threats.

“I don’t want to take any chances when it comes to their lives,” Bristol parent, Jennifer Lawrence said.  “It’s terrifying. You want to send your kid to school for a good education, but if it is going to be dangerous, then I’ll just keep them home.”

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