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A DANGEROUS new TikTok challenge pushing students to “smack a staff member” has seen at least one teacher assaulted.
Lancaster County School District school in South Carolina issued a warning about the trend after one educator was “hit on the back of her head.”
Schools across the US have issued warnings about the dangerous TikTok trendCredit: Getty
The school district labeled it “criminal behavior”, telling parents “it is not a prank.”
Their warning follows on from earlier challenges which encouraged vandalism and theft of school property.
Confirming the assault, Director of School Safety and Transportation Services Bryan Vaughn said in a statement: “Sadly, we actually had an elementary student assault a teacher by striking her in the back of the head.
“This type of behavior just like theft and destruction of property is not a prank. It’s criminal behavior.”
Vaughn added: “Any student who physically assaults a staff member will be held responsible both legally and by board policy.
“Assault on a staff member is an expellable offense which means the student is removed from the school for the rest of the year.”
Schools across the US have issued warnings about the dangerous trend.
In Pittsburgh, public schools spokeswoman Ebony Pugh told The Post Gazette: “Slap a teacher’ is very serious.
“It would not be tolerated and would actually lead to serious consequences.”
Steel Valley superintendent Edward Wehrer added: “Let me be clear, no such behavior will be tolerated at Steel Valley.
“I am appalled that social media attempts to influence our children in such ways.
“Please talk with your children to let them know that we — as families, as a community, and as a school district — will never condone such attacks on anyone, let alone our educators who give so much of themselves to support our children as they learn and grow.”
In Arizona, Mesa Police Department issued similar warnings.
Last month cops urgently warned parents to beware of the TikTok “Benadryl Challenge.”
“We urge parents to talk to their students about these dangerous trends and the implications of these types of actions,” Arlington Police Chief Juliann Flaherty said.
The “Benadryl Challenge” gained traction after videos posted on the social media application TikTok daring people as part of a larger fad of “devious licks.”
The “licks” are usually showing off an instance of vandalism or thievery to gain approving likes from viewers.
The trend was started on September 1, 2021 by user jugg4elias.
As the challenge grew in popularity, school administrators have been enforcing serious consequences for those who are caught participating.
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