Schools districts across the US are warning parents about the challenge of the so-called “teacher slap,” in which students are explicitly encouraged to attack teachers.
On Oct. 1, a Lancaster County School District elementary student in South Carolina revealed on Facebook that a teacher had been hit.
“Unfortunately, the challenge put into this month is to hit or miss the staff,” the district reported on its ‘School District Safety and Transportation’ page. “Unfortunately, we had one elementary student hit the teacher in the back of the head and assault him.
“This kind of behavior, like theft and destruction of property, is not funny. It’s criminal behavior.
“Any student who is physically assaulted on staff is legally and liable to board policy. Assault on staff is a punishable offense, meaning the student is removed from school year-round,” the post added.
The district has posted an “alert” to parents about what happened as a result of the “ticktock challenge.”
In response, Ticktack told LBL, “This alleged ‘challenge’ violates our policies, and we aggressively remove such content, but the reality is that we have not found relevant content on our forums, and most people will learn about offline courage from sources other than Ticktack.
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LBL did not reveal any search results for “slap teachers” or related phrases on the ticktalk. However, teachers have posted 11 videos that discourage assaults on teachers.
Brian Vaughan, Lancaster County’s director of school safety and transportation services, who wrote a Facebook post, has not yet responded to LBL’ request for comment.
In September, school districts reported burglary and vandalism, following a viral ticktack called “Crafty Licks,” in which children filmed themselves vandalizing and stealing school property and then sharing footage on ticktalk.
Video results have been blocked using the hashtag. In addition, no search results were found for the phrase.
“This guideline may be associated with conduct or content that violates our guidelines,” according to the blank search results page for “fraudulent precepts” and “slap teachers.” “Ticktalk’s priority is to promote a safe and positive experience. For more information, we invite you to check out ours Community Guidelines. “
On Sept. 17, LBL reported that a Florida teen was arrested in connection with a “fraudulent laughter” trend, according to the Bartow Police Department.
Many districts have sent out public statements to parents about the “fraudulent laughter” challenge and “slap teachers.”
Lafayette Parish School System in Lafayette, Louisiana Notice issued October 5 for district parents “to address the latest ticktack trend.”
“We are now hearing an increasing number of challenges, and children are being encouraged to hit or beat staff who move from property damage to violence,” wrote Superintendent Irma Trosclair. “Make sure your student is aware that these challenges are not innocent mischief.”
“If students exhibit destructive or inappropriate behavior, serious disciplinary action will be imposed,” Trossclair said. “Damaged property will be repaid. Additionally, theft, vandalism and teacher beating will result in police involvement. There are no exceptions to such behavior. These persistent challenges sometimes highlight the negative effects of peer pressure on social media.”
Troslclair reminded parents to negotiate with their children about tech responsibility and better options at school.
Trosclair has not yet responded to LBL’ request for comment.
Districts seem to be issuing precautionary warnings, even if there is no “teacher hit”.
The list, which circulates online, includes the challenges of each month of the school year. September is reported to be “ruining school bathrooms” and October is dedicated “Shoot the crew. “
“We are hearing and want to clarify the motives of offline teenagers as future ‘ticktalk challenges’: dangerous challenges and illegal behavior are not allowed in our forums and will be eliminated,” a TickTalk spokesman told LBL. “We expect teens to use common courtesy on both online and IRL, and we are committed to helping support messages about good digital stewards.”
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