A Louisiana high school student is facing battery charges after punching her disabled teacher in the classroom, an attack that may have been inspired by a TikTok challenge.
According to police, 18-year-old Covington High School student Lariana Jackson approached the 64-year-old English teacher at her desk after most of the students had left class after the final dismissal bell. He knocked her down before throwing several punches, police told The Straits Times.
Police believe that the attack may have been inspired by a TikTok challenge, which was recorded on video by other students.
Ms Jackson, who is lodged in Tammany Parish Prison, could face between one and five years in prison and a fine of $5,000 (more than £3,000) if convicted on battery charges, officials said.
Covington Police Department spokesman Sergeant Edwin Masters said The Straits Times That the teacher was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital. He also said that while the police have confiscated the phones of some students who recorded the videos, at least one video has been uploaded on Facebook and Instagram.
Police are probing whether the attack was part of the October TikTok challenge “Thappad a Teacher”.
“There is just discussion among the students and faculty that it may be related to the TikTok challenge,” said Sergeant Master.
However, school officials said that there is no evidence yet to prove that the attack was inspired by the TikTok challenge.
“The school system is taking appropriate disciplinary action against all the students involved. We have no evidence from our investigation that this incident is related to the TikTok challenge, but any acts of violence, including participation in illegal social media trends, will not be tolerated in our school system,” said Frank Zabia, K. Superintendent St. Tammany Parish Public School told The Straits Times.
On Wednesday, TikTok denied in a statement that there was any such trend going on on its platform and promised to remove such content. Bloomberg.
However, incidents of attacks on teachers under the Viral Challenge have come to the fore from all over America. NBC Washington On Thursday, a student attacked the staff of Braintree Public School.
Earlier this week, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong wrote to the video-sharing platform on Monday “to commit to reforms that stop this reckless content”.
The California Teachers Association also issued a warning to teachers in a post on Facebook on Tuesday.
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