The internet has deemed December 17 to be “National Shoot Up Your School Day”, and it’s the craziest thing we have heard all year. TikTok Challenges have crossed the line and schools in the U.S. are calling out parents to watch their kids. Schools all over the U.S. have announced voluntary and emergency closures due to “threats to violence” that went viral on the social media platform, TikTok. At the same time, a lot of parents became reluctant to send their kids to school today. Why? Because rumors have spread on the social media platform that “there will be violence in schools” on December 17. Whether it is a real threat or a sick joke, this new TikTok challenge must not be left ignored. Is it time to put tighter child restrictions on social media?
“National Shoot Up Your School Day” TikTok Challenge
Parents, schools, and the police are on high alert after a sick TikTok challenge went viral a couple of hours ago. The challenge involves TikTok users to call for a “National Shoot Up Your School Day” on the 17th of December. This encourages kids to bring weapons to school and join up on the so-called “event”. Although it is a hoax, authorities must not ignore the potential dangers it may cause and schools have decided to close up for the day. Based on 2021 statistics, a whopping 42% of American households have at least one gun in their possession. This increases the possibility of kids having unsupervised access to a gun. And, realistically, it only takes one kid to make the horrifying mistake of bringing a gun to school because they think it’s cool. The risks are too high.
Kids nowadays need to know the difference between what is funny and what sounds dangerous. It is the job of the community to put more guidance on kids and their access to the internet. Many parents are calling out to TikTok that the original perpetrator, or mastermind if you will, of this challenge be investigated, found, and banned on the platform.
People on Twitter are reacting and they all got a lot to say:
Does this mean that kids nowadays are desensitized to guns?
I received an email from my superintendent about a rumor going around on TikTok saying that tomorrow is National Shoot Up Your School Day.
If you ever needed evidence that kids are becoming desensitized to gun violence, there it is.
— KD 📚🌎🌊🇺🇸 (@kdnerak33) December 16, 2021
The pandemic, then this: worst year to be a teacher
This has been the worst school year for many teachers nationwide, now there’s a National Shoot Up Your School Day.
I’m switching professions
— 𝐸𝓂 (@emmmaweaverr) December 17, 2021
Just got a cryptic email about “The December 17 Challenge” or “National Shoot Up Your School Day”. Great googly moogly.
These kids are trying really hard to get that one extra day off.
— Hank Forrester in Akron 🏆🥇 (@HankF330ToGo) December 17, 2021
The contents of the original video
Idk, but a bunch of schools have gotten threats already, I think the original video was incouraging kids to bring weapons to their schools, and was calling it “national shoot up your school day”
— Faline San but in Japanese (@falineinjap) December 17, 2021
The originator must be found
Schools across the country on alert following the “National Shoot Up Your School Day” challenge being spread on Tik Tok. The originator of this sick message needs to be found. Kids are scared enough about school shootings – they don’t need this. https://t.co/Z15cG2idij
— Nicole Hockley (@NicoleHockley) December 17, 2021