LANCASTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) – A South Carolina school district is warning parents of a new TikTok challenge presented to students.
It’s called the ‘Slap a Teacher’ challenge and it happened to a teacher at a Lancaster County elementary school on Friday.
According to the district, an elementary school student hit a teacher on the back of the head.
“Unfortunately, the challenge that has been launched this month is to slap or punch a staff member from behind,” the district wrote in a letter to parents. “Unfortunately, an elementary school student assaulted a teacher by hitting her on the back of the head.”
In recent weeks, schools have faced incidents of vandalism related to the ‘sneaky lick’ challenge where students were encouraged by their peers to break or steal objects at school – often in the toilets.
The final challenge encourages students to slap a teacher or staff member and run before being caught committing the assault.
“Any student who physically assaults a staff member will be held accountable both legally and by board policy,” Lancaster Schools said. “Assault on a staff member is an expulsion offense, which means the student is removed from school for the remainder of the year. “
Lancaster schools claim to have “punished several students” for engaging in these TikTok challenges.
“We are sharing this information with parents so that you can educate your children about the problem and monitor their social media habits,” Lancaster Schools said. “We also hope that parents will talk with their children about the serious repercussions of poor decision-making and peer pressure.”
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