ASHLAND – Staff, students, and parents can expect to see an increase in police at Ashland schools on Friday, December 17.
“Today, Ashland Public Schools became aware of a social media post circulating nationwide that threatened an act of violence on December 17 “for every school in the USA, even elementary.” The post appears to be part of a national TikTok trend and did not originate in our school district. We have heard reports from other school districts that the same post is circulating in their schools. Though we do not believe this to be a credible threat, we are monitoring the situation closely and taking it seriously,” wrote Ashland Superintendent of schools Jim Adams and ashland interim Police Chief Richard Briggs.
“Additionally, the district contacted the Ashland Police Department regarding the post. We will have an increased police presence in and around our buildings on Friday, December 17, 2021 as an added precaution,’ wrote the Superintendent and interim police chief to families tonight, December 16.
“This situation serves as an 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. We ask our families to speak with their children and monitor their social media activity, especially on Snapchat and TikTok, where rumors about potential episodes of school violence are typically shared,” wrote the two leaders to parents.
“If you or your child become aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please notify a school administrator right away. Any situation that involves threats to our schools will be taken seriously and acted upon immediately,” wrote Adams & Briggs. “Together, we can keep our community safe. Thank you for your continued support and for placing your trust in our district and police department.”