Districts, Sheriff’s Office respond to recent school threats on social media


“We are not currently aware of any direct or specific threats towards the schools or community in our area"

Dec. 17, 2021 — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is aware of recent threats that have been circulating nationwide on social media. The threats, although not specific or directed to our area, have been towards schools and are primarily being distributed on the social media platform TikTok

All threats are taken very seriously. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is monitoring the information and will investigate any threats towards our schools or community.  

“We are not currently aware of any direct or specific threats towards the schools or community in our area,” the office reported on Dec. 16.

According to Siuslaw School District Superintendent Andrew Grzeskowiak, “The posts refer to a threat to school safety for ‘every school in the United States’ on Friday, Dec. 17.”

He said the “troubling posts” have been shared across the country.

“There have been NO threats to any Siuslaw schools,” Grzeskowiak emphasized. “The post appears to be part of a national TikTok trend that did not originate in our school district, or even in Oregon.”

Anyone with information regarding a school or community threat is asked to promptly report it to authorities. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number is 541-682-4150.  School safety information or tips can also be provided to the Safe Oregon tip line at 1-844-472-3367.  If reporting an emergency, please dial 911.

“Please talk to your children about what they may be seeing on social media,” Grzeskowiak said. “School staff will remain vigilant to make sure that our schools are safe for everyone.”

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