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Nationwide TikTok Trend Impacting Asheville City Schools

Good Morning Students, Staff and Families.  This is Ashley-Michelle Thublin, Executive Director of Communications. 

Our district is aware of the latest TikTok “challenge” that is circulating on social media. There have been several viral trends this school year that have caught the attention of our students, and as a district, we have tried to be on top of these issues as they arise.

The latest posts appear to threaten school safety. These posts did not originate in our school district; however, a few local schools have been specifically targeted.   

Along with the Asheville Police Department, school administrators and district safety support have been working together to understand these details

Out of an abundance of precaution, we will have an increased police presence across our campuses today, Friday, December 17th.  They have been patrolling in marked and unmarked patrol vehicles as well as through our front and back parking lots. Other officers will be on campuses inside our school buildings throughout the day.

We value our partnership with our families.  Thank you to the individuals who reported these threats to the administration and APD.  Please continue to let us know if there are concerns about one of our campuses. 

And, please take this opportunity to talk with your student about school safety, as well as remind them to report any rumors or information about an unsafe situation or behavior to a trusted adult. Remember, if you see or hear something, say something! 

  • Directly contact your student’s teacher, counselor or administrator when a school-related concern arises that requires intervention or assistance.
  • If there is a safety concern after school hours, on the weekend, or when school is not in session, another option is to utilize the See Something, Say Something app or click here to access See Something, Say Something through our website.
  • You can also share information by calling APD’s non-emergency number 828-252-1110.
  • And, if it is an immediate concern, please call 911.

We look forward to a safe, productive day across Asheville City Schools.