Important Safety Message

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Published On: December 16th, 2021

WJCC Schools is aware of a troubling post shared widely this week on the social media platform TikTok. The post refers to a threat to school safety “for every school in the USA, even elementary,” on Friday, Dec. 17.

The post appears to be part of a national TikTok trend and did not originate in our school division. While we do not believe the threat to be credible, we are closely monitoring the situation, and classes will continue as normal tomorrow, Dec. 17, 2021.

The City of Williamsburg and James City County Police departments are aware of this situation and are collaborating with school staff. You may see increased law enforcement visibility in the vicinity of our schools on Friday.

This situation serves as a good example of why it is important to avoid reposting or sharing social media content that refers to school safety threats. Even if they are not credible threats, reposting and sharing threats cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for our students, families and staff.

We ask our families to monitor their children’s social media activity and speak with them about appropriate behavior online. Please take time tonight and over Winter Break to discuss behavior expectations, both online and in schools, as well as the consequences for inappropriate behavior. The WJCC Student Code of Conduct is available on the division website and serves as a valuable resource for that conversation.

If you or your child become aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please notify a school staff member. As we say in WJCC Schools, “See something, say something” to a trusted adult at school or at home.

As always, thank you for your partnership as we work to ensure a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for our students.

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