Erie, Pennsylvania (WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — Update: Following an investigation, Millcreek Police and the Millcreek Township School District report the alleged social media threat that was reported to police by parents Wednesday evening was not targeted at McDowell High School or McDowell Intermediate High School.
Millcreek Police believe the threat was made against a district outside of Pennsylvania, according to an update sent to parents and posted online.
Also, Millcreek Police and the school district say they are aware of a national challenge circulating on TikTok to threaten violence in schools on Friday, Dec. 17.
The school district stated the following, in part, in the update sent to parents:
“We know that TikTok is a popular app with our students. When used safely and responsibly, it can be a fun, creative outlet for tweens and teens. However, like many social media apps, TikTok is also a source of viral “challenges,” in which users share videos of themselves performing pranks or stunts.
All of these challenges encourage behaviors that come with serious consequences, including suspension from school and extracurricular activities, restitution costs to replace damaged or stolen times, as well as criminal charges. One of the lessons we try to teach students is respecting others and others’ property. Please take a few moments to talk to your children and express the severity of this issue.
We also want to ask that if our students or families see a threat on social media or elsewhere that they report it to a district staff member or to law enforcement immediately for a thorough investigation.”
Due to the national TikTok challenge threatening violence in schools Friday, the Millcreek School District says there will be an increased police presence at all school buildings Friday.
Also, parents and guardians are given the option to allow their children to attend school Friday. Students will be granted an excused absence if they stay home Friday.
Erie, Pennsylvania (WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — McDowell High School and McDowell Intermediate High School will have an increased police presence Thursday after the school district was made aware of an alleged social media threat.
The alleged threat was made toward MHS Wednesday night on social media, according to a letter sent to parents and posted online. Parents reported the threat to administration, who immediately notified the Millcreek Police Department.
Millcreek Police are currently investigating the alleged threat and will have an increased police presence at the schools during arrival and throughout the day Thursday.
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The Millcreek School District and the McDowell Administration say they will continue to communicate any additional information to families.
JET 24/FOX 66/YourErie.com has a crew on scene and will continue to update you with more as it becomes available.