Extra police presence at Connecticut schools following nationwide threat on TikTok
Police in Connecticut say there is no credible threat today after nationwide messages threating schools appeared on TikTok.
They say it’s possible the threats began on a TikTok challenge to encourage students to skip school.
Local police and the school districts are taking the nationwide trend seriously.
"This is a nationwide trend, this is happening in multiple states, multiple areas throughout the nation. Parents shouldn't be worried, right now there are no credible threats here in the state of Connecticut," Trooper First Class Pedro Muniz, says.
TikTok also released a statement saying, "We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness, which is why we're working with law enforcement to look into warnings about potential violence at schools even though we have not found evidence of such threats originating or spreading via TikTok."
Many police departments in southwest Connecticut are responding this morning, and they say in an abundance of caution they will have extra security at the schools today, but believe the threats are not credible.
Several schools in the region released statements about the alleged threats.
WESTON - "There are no actionable or credible threats to the Weston Public Schools at this time, however out of an abundance of caution, there will be an increased police presence in and around our schools."
ORANGE - "Out of an abundance of caution, the Orange Police Department will have extra patrols at all Orange schools tomorrow."
NORWALK - "Out of an abundance of caution and to make sure that students and staff feel safe, we will have an increased security and NPD presence visible throughout the city tomorrow."
DARIEN - "At this time, there are no credible threats to any school in the Connecticut school system including Darien. As always, we will have police personal around our schools in town as a precautionary measure."
WESTPORT - "A security guard is assigned to each school, there is a School Resource Officer at our high school, and the WPD has assigned an additional police officer dedicated exclusively to our school campuses."
GREENWICH - "It is also important for you to remember, and to relay to your children, that we will continue to see a larger GPD presence around our school buildings on a regular basis out of an abundance of caution given the amount of these types of situations taking place across the region."
EASTON, REDDING - "There will be additional police surveillance on school grounds tomorrow. We have also created an alert email address that you can use if you see or hear anything that concerns you re school safety. The email address is email@example.com."
STRATFORD - "We will remain in close contact with our law-enforcement colleagues as we enter the school day tomorrow."
FAIRFIELD - "We have a district-level safety team, school-level safety teams and School Resource Officers employed and trained through partnerships with Fairfield Police. They are also involved in the review of school safety plans and provide suggestions for improvement," the Fairfield School District superintendent says.
NEW MILFORD - "I am working in concert with the New Milford Chief of Police and we will have, out of an abundance of caution, increased police presence at and around all of our schools up until winter break," the superintendent of New Milford Schools.
BRIDGEPORT - Bridgeport Schools says while there is no credible threat, "We may have an increased police presence in our buildings on Friday as an added precaution."
STAMFORD - "We are in contact with the Stamford Police Department and they have confirmed that the online posts are nonspecific and repeat broad rumors. The police have no information that suggests any credible threats to any specific schools here in Stamford or elsewhere," said Stamford Schools in a statement.