ER9 Beefed Up School Security on Friday Amid Unconfirmed TikTok Threats

There was increased police surveillance on Friday at Easton, Redding and Region 9 schools following a viral TikTok post warning of school violence planned for across the nation.  

Superintendent Dr. Jason McKinnon said there was no evidence that the threats were credible, but there would be additional police surveillance at district schools throughout the day.

“I met with Chief Doyle and Chief O’Donnell of the Easton and Redding Police Departments this morning. Both departments received information from the Connecticut Intelligence Center Unit (CTIC). After investigating the threat, they have concluded this is not a credible action against any of our schools,” McKinnon wrote in a letter to parents.

The district has created an alert email address that can be used if anyone sees or hears anything that is concerning regarding school safety. In the letter, McKinnon also stressed to parents the importance of monitoring their children’s social media accounts.

In a statement on  Twitter, TikTok said it is working with law enforcement to investigate the threats of violence and shootings that were to take place on Friday.

“We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness which is why we’re working with law enforcement to look into warnings about potential violence at schools even though we have not found evidence of such threats originating or spreading via TikTok,” the statement reads.

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