Middletown City Schools says they are upping police presence due to a threat at the high school following a nationwide TikTok trend in which students damage or destroy school property.
"Our community has supported our buildings and we do not want to see any vandalism, plus our students are entirely too precious to be victimized by any threats of violence," a Facebook post from Middletown City Schools said.
School officials said they became aware of a threat against Middletown High School. The school is working with the Middletown Police Department to determine the individuals behind the threat.
In an updated Facebook post, the district said there is no evidence currently suggesting the threat is credible.
Several parents commented on the Facebook post saying they plan to keep their kids home from school on Monday.
Students and parents with information regarding stealing, damaging property or threats of violence should email Carmela Cotter at [email protected] or call the Middletown Police Dispatch at 513-425-7704.
Middletown is not the only local school responding to viral TikTok trends that have students either destroying property or barking at other students.
The Boone County Sheriff's Office reported Friday that eight juveniles from schools throughout the district have been charged in offenses related to TikTok trends. Four face vandalism charges and four face theft charges.
School officials with Camp Ernst Middle School in the Boone County School District said they have seen an uptick in odd behavior since the start of the school year.
The school said students were making animal noises towards each other, specifically barking, and destroying soap dispensers. Students were also wearing attire officials said wasn't school-appropriate, like collars and leather straps with spikes.
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