Cedar Rapids police aware of TikTok challenge urging school violence Friday

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Published: Dec. 16, 2021 at 1:12 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - The Cedar Rapids Police Department released a statement Thursday saying it is aware of a social media-based threat of school violence for Friday.

Police said they and several area districts are addressing the threat and plan to communicate more with students and families.

CRPD released the following statement:

“This threat is circulating at a national level and we have already seen different versions being sent and shared by students and families in the Cedar Rapids School District.

Cedar Rapids Police officers, School Resource Officers and School District staff are cooperating to ensure the safety of every child and will enhance safety measures at area schools to continue providing a safe environment.

At this time, there is no credible threat to Cedar Rapids schools.”

Police have not released any additional details.

The Iowa State Education Association, Iowa Association of School Boards, and School Administrators of Iowa have also released a joint statement in regard to the social media threat:

“Every student deserves a safe place to learn, and every educator, administrator, and school staff member deserves a safe place to do their work.

The social media threat of an “American School Shooting Day” is appalling. Whether done as a joke or with malicious intent, it’s unacceptable. We know our school personnel will do everything in their power to keep our students safe. They need all of us to stand with them in that effort.

We ask Iowans across the state to support our educators and the students they serve. Community support is important every day and especially when threats of violence and hateful language ricochet around social media.”

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