FRAMINGHAM – On Thursday evening, the Framingham School District, along with several school districts in MetroWest, Massachusetts and across America, issued an alert that there was a “vague” threat on TikTok, and due to the threat, there would be an increase in policing in schools on Friday, December 17.
Many parents kept their children at home on Friday, SOURCE learned.
The digital news outlet asked for the percentage of absences for each of the schools in the district.
Superintendent Bob Tremblay provided the data on Saturday evening December 18.
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Editor’s note: It is not known what percentage of the students absent on Friday were related to the TikTok post. Some may have been absent due to the “surge” in covid-19 cases in the district, winter colds and flu, or a host of other reasons as the holidays approach.
Regardless, the number of absentees in almost all schools was 30% or more, which is unusually high.
The only school below 30% was the BLOCKS nursery school, which still had 1 in 4 students absent.
âYes. Disappointing absenteeism, but not entirely surprising given that it seems to have been the case across the country,â Superintendent Tremblay told SOURCE.
Public schools in Framingham and other school districts told parents Thursday night that a “disturbing social media post circulating across the country” threatened “an act of violence on December 17th” “for every school in the States. United, even elementary “.
âThe post appears to be part of a national TikTok trend and is not originating from our school district. We have heard reports from other school districts that the same message is circulating in their schools, âSuperintendent Tremblay said Thursday evening.
Framingham public schools have not received any targeted threats.
The threat, or “challenge,” as some have called it, would call on students to commit acts of violence on December 17.
A threat called Dec. 17 âNational Shoot Up Your School Day,â but it did not specify a school or school district.
âTo be on the safe side, the district is working closely with the Framingham Police Department. Although we do not believe this to be a credible threat, we are monitoring the situation closely and taking it seriously, âsaid the Superintendent. Tremblay in an email to families Thursday evening.
âThis situation shows why it is important to avoid sharing messages online that refer to threats to the safety of schools. While not credible threats, they can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for our students, families and staff. We ask our families to speak with their children and monitor their activity on social networks, especially on Snapchat and TikTok, where rumors of potential episodes of school violence are generally shared, âTremblay said Thursday.