DAYTON, Ohio — Officials at Dayton Public Schools said they will add security at all buildings Friday following rumors circulating on social media, specifically TikTok.
A trend on TikTok has been promoting school threats such as shootings, pushing them to be made on Friday, Dec. 17. However, many users are also raising awareness about the trend, calling it "sick" and some said they will not be attending school.
"Please be aware that these threats do not specifically target DPS or any other school district. However, the district takes all threats to safety seriously and wanted to make parents and guardians aware of this situation," Dayton school officials wrote in a release Thursday. "Security personnel and usual security measures will be in place at all buildings tomorrow, Dec. 17th. The Dayton Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office have been made aware of these rumors, and their presence has been requested across the district tomorrow."
DPS is encouraging any students, employees or parents to report any suspicious activity or threats immediately to the district and to law enforcement.
"It can be easy for students to get caught up in sharing what they see on social media, but those actions can sometimes have real-world consequences," school officials said. "As a reminder, DPS students and parents can also call the Safer Ohio School Tip Line at any time to anonymously report threats to schools or students’ safety. The tip line is available by calling 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764)."