TikTok challenges/dares have hit CCMS and CCHS campuses. A September challenge, called “devious licks,” encouraged students to steal from school campuses or vandalize facilities, particularly restrooms. Both CCMS and CCHS experienced isolated incidents of vandalism in restrooms.
The October TikTok challenge urges students to film and post videos of a student slapping a teacher or staff member. ANY INTENTIONAL USE OF FORCE AGAINST ANOTHER PERSON IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE. CHURCHILLCSD WILL COOPERATE FULLY WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TO BRING CHARGES AGAINST ANY STUDENT WHO ENGAGES IN ASSAULT OR BATTERY OF AN EMPLOYEE.
Along with legal ramifications, ChurchillCSD will also apply disciplinary measures consistent with Policy and Regulation 5135.2, Student Discipline.
Unfortunately, the challenges/dares will not end here. We know, and have seen, a list of TikTok challenges to expect on school campuses each month. We want students and parents to know the behavior set forth in these challenges is unacceptable, not the Greenwave way, and will not be tolerated. Students attempting or participating in any TikTok challenges at school that violate the district's student behavior policy will face disciplinary actions, including the possibility of out-of-school suspension, expulsion and depending on the severity, police involvement. ChurchillCSD has already been in contact with the Fallon Police Department. We will immediately contact FallonPD if a student strikes a school employee or participates in any social media challenge or other behavior that involves criminal behavior. The fact that it is a TikTok challenge will not be a defense. ChurchillCSD will report all crimes.
We strongly encourage parents to discuss with their children the importance of not participating in dangerous, destructive, or illegal social media challenges, and specifically the importance of treating educators, staff members, and fellow students with respect.
As much as social media can be a force for good, it has definitely been used by some to encourage inappropriate and sometimes illegal behavior. We will work side by side with parents to educate and prevent our students from participating in destructive, inappropriate, dangerous, or illegal behaviors encouraged by these TikTok challenges.
If you have any questions please contact your child’s principal:
Amy Word, CCMS
[email protected] 775-423-7701
Tim Spencer, CCHS
[email protected], 775-423-2181