The challenge has left Connecticut Attorney General William Tong furious as he urged TikTok leadership to meet with him, parents, and teachers in the state to address the sick trend on the app.
What's more dangerous and contagious than the coronavirus right now you ask? Well, it has to be TikTok and its challenges that somehow persuade gullible children to keep up with the trend. From the platform, that propagated the life-threatening Electrical Outlet challenge comes yet another- 'The Slap a Teacher' Challenge. It is the latest trend that has sent a South Carolina classroom into chaos after an elementary student decided to go through with the insane challenge. The South Carolina school district is now warning parents about the trend that saw the student assaulting their elementary school teacher on Friday, October 1, in Lancaster County. Per WWAYTV, the student in question could be expelled for part-taking in the trend.
The ‘slap a teacher challenge’ will turn into the ‘go to jail challenge’ real quick because that’s where imma go if a student tries me. pic.twitter.com/76CegAMDHh— midnight at the oasis (@nubiansweet) September 28, 2021
The district revealed how the school student struck a teacher in the back of the head, according to WYFF4. "Unfortunately, the challenge that has been put out for this month is to slap or hit a staff member from behind," continued the distinct in a letter that was sent out to parents. "Sadly, we actually had an elementary student assault a teacher by striking her in the back of the head." For the successful completion of the challenge, a student is required to slap or hit a teacher or school staff member and escape before being caught for the assault. This kind of disrespectful behavior is definitely not acceptable and to ensure that it isn't repeated the Lancaster Schools warned, "Any student who physically assaults a staff member will be held responsible both legally and by board policy."
Just got an email about a new @tiktok_us challenge: Slap a teacher.— 𝐸𝓍𝒸𝓊𝓈𝑒 𝓂𝑒, 𝐼‘𝓂 𝒮𝓅𝑒𝒶𝓀𝒾𝓃𝑔 (@ImmaBee247) September 28, 2021
Really? How is this okay?
Instead of encouraging criminality- how about a submit your assignments challenge? Read a book challenge? Educate yourself and rise up challenge?
"Assault on a staff member is an expellable offense which means the student is removed from the school for the rest of the year," they added. "We share this information with parents so you can educate your kids on the issue and monitor their social media habits," the school district urged. "We also hope parents will speak with their kids about the serious repercussions of making poor decisions and peer pressure." The Lanchester Schools also shared that they have "punished multiple students" so far for engaging in such TikTok challenges. The latest development also left Connecticut Attorney General William Tong furious as he urged TikTok leadership to meet with him, parents, and teachers in the state to address the sick challenge on the app.
Students & Parents/Guardians: Please see the letter below regarding the @tiktok_us "Devious Lick" challenges. The behaviors being encouraged through these challenges are unlawful & will not be tolerated. #BeAboveThis pic.twitter.com/hF5lJoAZ7j— Pickens High School (@PickensHighGa) October 4, 2021
"TikTok fails to control the spread of dangerous content. In CT, vandalism closed schools and the new 'Slap a Teacher' challenge may put educators at risk. I am urging TikTok to come to CT to meet with educators and parents and commit to reforms that stop this reckless content," tweeted Tong, according to The Hill. He has requested a meeting with TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew to discuss the "the harmful impact TikTok is having on the mental and physical safety of young people in Connecticut." The 48-year-old also pointed at the September "Devious Licks" TikTok challenge that led to the vandalism and stealing of school property by students who were dared to do so.
TikTok fails to control the spread of dangerous content. In CT, vandalism closed schools and the new “Slap a Teacher” challenge may put educators at risk. I am urging TikTok to come to CT to meet with educators and parents and commit to reforms that stop this reckless content. pic.twitter.com/soO2wVT49M— AG William Tong (@AGWilliamTong) October 4, 2021
"Now, there is a new concern that a viral 'Slap a Teacher' may be putting educators at risk. Families and educators are already coping with the unprecedented social and emotional fallout of the pandemic," explained Tong. "The last thing anyone needs right now is for children to be inundated by targeted social media encouraging lawlessness, self-harm and reckless, dangerous behavior." Although Tong appreciated TikTok for removing the "Devious Licks" challenge from it's platform, he didn't shy away from expressing how negatively the app has affected young minds. "...Youth overdosing on medications, disfiguring their bodies, and engaging in a wide variety of physically dangerous acts," he shared, concluding, "Simply put, whatever TikTok has been doing to enforce its terms of service has not been working and merits serious review and reform. I ask that you share a detailed description of all policies and procedures in place to prevent against abuse and misuse of your platform."
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