HCS: ‘No local, credible threats’ despite TikTok challenge threatening schools nationwide

Published: Dec. 16, 2021 at 4:57 PM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Horry County Schools says that there is no “local, credible threat” to the district despite a potential TikTok challenge encouraging violent threats against schools.

HCS released a statement Thursday afternoon to parents, saying officials are aware of the challenge.

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“These posts did not originate from our area, and there have been no local, credible threats to date,” the district said.

HCS added that the origin of the threats is unknown, but local law enforcement “are aware of the situation and remain vigilant.”

HCS is asking parents to speak with students about using social media mindfully, and not sharing information that may be inaccurate.

In a Facebook post, the Loris Police Department said it was aware of threats being made against schools in the city. Officials said there will be additional officers and security at schools, and that the department is working with the district to enhance security. It’s unclear if this is related to the TikTok challenge.

Officials also ask anyone who sees suspicious behavior to report it to proper authorities.

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