Another month. Another TikTok challenge.
The “slap your teacher” challenge is the latest trend that has resulted in some students facing charges and has schools and TikTok speaking out.
TikTok Tweet the challenge was an insult to teachers everywhere and any related content posted to its platform was against its community guidelines and would be removed immediately.
A quick search of the platform returns zero results. However, that did not stop schools from swiftly responding to any attacks.
Schools across the nation are notifying teachers, parents and students of the possible consequences after the challenge began to trend on social media and multiple students made headlines for assaulting teachers.
An 18-year-old student in Louisiana was arrested and faces charges of suspicion of battery of school teacher, a felony, after she allegedly attacked a 64-year-old disabled teacher as a part of the challenge, police said, according to WDSU News.
This video captured the incident. It is recommended that viewers exercise discretion.
A middle school student in Braintree, Massachusetts is facing disciplinary consequences after they allegedly hit a teacher after being inspired by the challenge, CBS Boston reported.
The incident happened on Wednesday at East Middle School and led to the school sending a letter to parents.
USA TODAY reached out to Braintree Police Department in an effort to determine if charges have been brought against the student.
“The most recent TikTok challenge involves ‘slap a teacher,’ and we had our first case in the district today,” the district told parents, according to CBS Boston.
“Please be aware that physically assaulting any staff member in the Braintree schools will immediately result in notification of the Braintree Police Department and significant school-based discipline, up to and including expulsion.”
A Lancaster County school district teacher was attacked by a student at elementary school in South Carolina on October 1. Similar consequences await the victim.
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“Unfortunately, the challenge that has been put out for this month is to slap or hit a staff member from behind,” the Lancaster County School District Safety & Transportation page posted on Facebook. A teacher was attacked by an elementary student who struck her on the back of the head.
The post continues to advise that these challenges are not pranks and mentions last month’s “devious licks” challenge where students were vandalizing or stealing school property.
Similar warnings were issued by other school districts in the nation, giving heads up to their teachers as well.
California Teachers Association’s Facebook post warned educators to be careful.
“As if widespread vandalism in our schools last month wasn’t enough, the same ‘challenge’ circulating on social media networks TikTok and Twitter is now calling for students to ‘slap a staff member.'”
There may be different charges and consequences for students taking on this challenge.
Mo Canady, the executive director for the National Association of School Resource Officers, told USA TODAY that resource officers across the nation are aware of the challenge and charges can vary based on the extent a student assaults a teacher.
“When adolescents see something like this and see it play out on the social media world, they don’t understand the ramifications and the potential criminal charges,” he said.
He said it is up to the victims of the assaults to press criminal charges, and this challenge differs from last month’s “devious licks” challenge due to there being direct victims.
“It’s flat out wrong but beyond that, it can affect their future and that has to be the message,” he said.
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