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School Districts Concerned Over Social Media Threats; Encourages Parents To Talk To Children

The Taylorville School District is warning parents to be aware of what their kids are watching on social media. A new post on the social media sharing site “TikTok” has called for a nationwide “School shooting and bomb threats for every school in the USA even elementary” and it is set to take place today on Friday, December 17th.

 

There is no indication that there will be a threat at Taylorville School District. The School District says they are sharing the message out of an abundance of caution and as a precautionary measure. The School District is asking that parents talk to their children to report any concerning messages that the child hears or sees in person or online gets shared with a trusted adult, school administrator or staff member, or police. The staff is encouraging parents to talk to children about the Safe2Help Illinois program for students to share school safety issues and find resources to get help. 

 

The School district is asking children not to promote social media rumors but instead tell the staff, and children should report something they read, hear, or see, if it makes them uncomfortable. Parents should know who is connecting with their children online and set rules for social networking, instant messaging, e-mailing, online gaming, and using webcams.  If you have any questions, please contact Matt Hutchison at Taylorville High School at 824-2268.

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