The Polson School District has become aware of a troubling national post that has been shared widely this week on the social media platform TikTok. The post refers to a threat to school safety on Friday, December 17 “for every school in the USA, even elementary.”
The post appears to be part of a national TikTok trend and did not originate in our school district or valley. We have heard reports from other districts that the same post is circulating in their schools. While we do not believe the threat to be credible, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking it seriously.
Out of an abundance of caution, many districts in the valley and throughout the state are informing parents of this information. Additionally, the Polson School District has been in contact with the Lake County Sheriff, Polson Police, and Tribal Police regarding the post, and our district will have an increased police presence at all school locations on Friday along with additional security measures in place as an added precaution.
This situation serves as a good example of why it is important to avoid sharing posts online that refer to school safety threats. Even if they are not credible threats, they can cause a great deal of stress, anxiety, and disruption for our schools, students, families, and staff. We ask our families to monitor their children’s social media activity and speak with them about proper behavior online.
These types of alarming social media posts and cyber threats are unfortunately becoming more common. Regardless, we will continue to address all reports, we will respond appropriately, we will follow our established safety plans, and we will follow protocols.
If you or your child becomes aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please notify a school staff member or trusted adult right away.
As always, thank you for your partnership as we work to ensure a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for our students.