Bessemer City Schools, Fairfield City Schools holding e-learning day due to TikTok threat
BESSEMER, Ala. (WBRC) - Bessemer City Schools and Fairfield City Schools announced that they will not hold in-person school, but a half e-learning day on December 17th, due to a recent viral threat on TikTok.
In a letter to families, Bessemer City Schools Superintendent Dr. Autumm Jeter and Fairfield City Schools Superintendent Dr. Regina Thompson said “While the threat is not believed to be credible, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking in seriously.” Both superintendents referred to a recent post on TikTok threatening school safety “for every school in the USA, even elementary.”
Dr. Jeter says the school district has also been in contact with the Bessemer City Police Department regarding the post, while Dr. Thompson says the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is aware of the matter.
Birmingham City Schools released a statement Friday morning acknowledging there awareness of the issue.
“Our school district is aware of the social media threat of violence today in schools across the country. Birmingham City Schools has enhanced safety protocols today with school security. We also are working closely with the Birmingham Police Department. While some reports say that these threats are not credible, we remain on alert in BCS because we want all of our students and employees to be safe. Any violation of our student code of discipline will be handled swiftly.”
In addition the Birmingham Police Department released a statement:
The Birmingham Police Department is aware of the social media threat of violence at schools across the country. The Birmingham Police Department is working closely with School Board Superintendent, Dr. Mark Sullivan and staff at the Birmingham City Schools. The Birmingham Police Department has increased patrols at all schools to include foot patrols within the schools. Although the credibility of the threats are undetermined, our goal is to assure all students and faculty are safe.
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