December 16, 2021 | Important Message to Families Regarding School Safety
OKCPS Families -
This week, district leaders were made aware of a viral TikTok “warning” regarding a threat of school violence being shared between students around the country. We felt it was important to let you know about the incident, especially with recent events and heightened sensitivities around school safety.
Our OKCPS Security team has been in close contact with OKC Police, and we do not believe there is any credible threat to any OKCPS school site at this time. They are confident the TikTok did not originate in Oklahoma City, and at this point are not even sure it started in the U.S.
That said, OKCPS takes all threats seriously and any statement that might threaten or imitate a threat to our students is prohibited. Any students determined to be involved with such a threat will be disciplined according to the OKCPS Student Code of Conduct.
You may see increased security presence in our buildings on Friday as an added precaution.
This situation serves as a good example of why it is important to avoid sharing posts online that refer to school safety threats. Even if they are not credible threats, they can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for our students, families, and staff. I want to use this time to remind families that we need to work with our students on how to conduct themselves appropriately online. Digital citizenship is a necessary skill for our 21st century learners. We ask our families to monitor their children’s social media activity and speak with them about proper behavior online.
Please rest assured that the safety and security of all OKCPS students and staff is our top priority. Students & families can report suspicious or threatening behavior, posts or comments to their teacher, school administrator, or directly to OKCPS’ 24 hour safety and security hotline at (405) 587-SAFE.
As always, thank you for your partnership as we work to ensure a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for our students. We are in this together and we appreciate your continued support of OKCPS.