Threat prompts RCAS to close its schools
Police and schools were already on alert due to a TikTok post
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - A threat reportedly directed at North Middle School prompted Rapid City Area Schools to close all its facilities Friday.
“This morning, we received a threat to one of our schools,” a text from Dr. Lori Simon, school superintendent, stated. “Law enforcement are currently investigating. Out of an abundance of caution, Rapid City Area Schools are closed today.”
School districts and law enforcement agencies were already on alert following a generic TikTok post that threatened schools across the country. Parents were advised and police were expected to increase patrols around schools Friday.
In a Facebook post Friday, the Rapid City Police Department explained why the schools were closed.
“Early this morning, police were notified of a threatening social media post directed at a ‘North Middle School.’ Law enforcement began investigating the origin of the post to determine whether or not it applied to the local North Middle School.”
RCPD says that the North Middle School threat was posted about a school in Iowa. However, the decision to closes schools was made to ensure safety.
This comes a day after a generic TikTok post threatened schools across the country. That prompted districts to advise parents about a potential TikTok challenge designed to encourage students to make violent threats against schools on Friday.”
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