The District has been made aware of recent challenges that have been posted on the social media app, TikTok that encourages students to perform in said challenge,film the incident and post it on TikTok.
The October challenge urges students to film and post videos on the platform of a student slapping a teacher. Striking a teacher, who is considered a public servant, is a criminal offense and can bring third-degree felony charges against some youths. Others would be subject to juvenile legal proceedings. Along with legal ramifications, the District can also apply its own disciplinary measures.
“Please take time to discuss with your children the importance of not participating in dangerous, destructive, or illegal social media challenges, and specifically the importance of treating educators with respect,” said Superintendent Gene Mancuso. “The behavior described in the challenge is a very serious offense and would require involvement from law enforcement.”
TikTok has responded by trying to remove content or redirect hashtags associated with these challenges. The social media platform does not create or condone the behavior or postings.
The Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District would like to work side by side with parents to educate and prevent students from participating in destructive, dangerous, or illegal behaviors encouraged by these TikTok challenges.