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TikTok posts about violence raise anxiety

A number of Butler County schools joined districts across the state and nation in sending messages to families regarding “disturbing social media posts” circulating on TikTok referencing Friday school shootings and bomb threats.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Noe Ortega sent out a letter to all 500 school districts in Pennsylvania specifying that the state Department of Education, state police and local police departments were aware of social media posts warning of “school shootings and bomb threats to schools across the nation,” but that the messages are “not specific to Pennsylvania and do not contain specific threats, schools, actors, or locations.”

“PDE and PSP encourage schools to share this message with their staff, parents, and students to spread awareness of these social media posts and to remind the community to be aware of and report any suspicious activity or threats,” Ortega wrote.

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