one more month. Another tiktok challenge.
The “Thappad Your Teacher” challenge is the latest trend resulting in some students facing charges and schools and TikTok speaking out.
tiktok tweeted This challenge was an insult to teachers everywhere and any related content posted on its platform was against its community guidelines and will be removed immediately.
A quick search on the forum yields zero results, but that hasn’t stopped schools from moving quickly to spot any potential attack.
Schools across the country are informing teachers, parents and students about the possible consequences after the challenge began on social media and several students made headlines for attacking teachers.
An 18-year-old student in Louisiana was arrested and faced charges of suspicion of school teacher battery, a felony, when she allegedly attacked a 64-year-old disabled teacher as part of a challenge, Police said, According to WDSU News.
The alleged attack was caught on video. Viewer’s consent is advised.
A middle school student in Braintree, Massachusetts is facing disciplinary consequences after he allegedly hit a teacher while inspired by the challenge, CBS Boston reported.
The incident took place at East Middle School on Wednesday and the school sent a letter to the parents.
USA Today has contacted the Braintree Police Department to see if any charges have been filed against the student.
According to CBS Boston, the district told Parents, “The most recent TikTok challenge involved ‘slapping a teacher,’ and we had our first case in the district today.”
“Please be aware that physical assault on any staff member at Braintree Schools will result in immediate notification of the Braintree Police Department and significant school-based discipline, including notification and expulsion.”
An elementary school student in South Carolina faces similar consequences after assaulting a teacher in the Lancaster County school district on October 1.
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“Unfortunately, the challenge for this month is to slap or hit a staff member in the back,” the Lancaster County School District Safety and Transportation page posted on Facebook. “Unfortunately, we actually assaulted a teacher by hitting an elementary student in the back of the head.”
The post continues to advise that these challenges are not a joke and mention Last month’s “Crooked Chats” challenge Where students were vandalizing or theft of school property.
Other school districts across the country have followed suit, issuing a stern warning against the challenge and giving teachers a heads-up.
“Educators beware!” The California Teachers Association posted on Facebook.
“As if the widespread vandalism at our schools last month wasn’t enough, the same ‘challenge’ is circulating on social media networks TikTok and Twitter, now calling for students to ‘slap a staff member’.”
Fees and results may vary for students who have challenged.
Mo Kennedy, executive director of the National Association of School Resource Officers, told Granthshala that resource officers across the country are aware of the challenge and that fees can vary depending on when a student attacks a teacher.
“When teens see something like this and see it in the social media world, they don’t understand the implications and potential criminal charges,” he said.
He said it was up to the victims of the attack to file criminal charges, and that the challenge differs from last month’s “crooked licking” challenge because it has direct victims.
“It is absolutely wrong, but beyond that, it may affect their future and that should be the message,” he said.
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