Tuesday, October 26, 2021
A school shooting threat was reported to Providence police on Monday.
Providence Police Major David Lapatin told GoLocal they investigated the threat – and it appeared to be related to the latest Tik-Tok challenge.
As GoLocal reported earlier in October, the TikTok “Devious Licks” challenge has hit Rhode Island schools and is sparking vandalism. “
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About the incident
On Monday, police intervened at a house on Harold Street, off Chalkstone Avenue, where they encountered a woman who said her son showed her a disturbing message on his phone.
Police spoke to the miner, who said they saw a message on SnapChat that someone had shot the principal of his school.
Police said the message from an unknown phone read the following: “I hate Ms. Onye (Principal of Middle School Gilbert Stuart)… On Friday October 29, I am going to take my father’s shotgun and shoot him. on it… I’ll go into my first period course and shoot it. “
Police reported that they also received a call from an individual on Elmwood Avenue about being made aware of the same message.
The information was passed on to the Youth Service Bureau and police detectives in Providence have investigated.
“We are investigating and it appears that there is no substance [to the threat]”Lapatin said.” This appears to be related to TiKTok. We have spoken with the parties involved and expect the Department of Education to issue a statement shortly. “