Ohio Teachers May Get Slapped Due to TikTok Trend, School Group Says

"Slap a Teacher" unfortunately is part of a monthly school challenge on the social media platform.

click to enlarge Don't turn your back on your TikTok students, teachers. - Photo: Yan Krukov, Pexels
Photo: Yan Krukov, Pexels
Don't turn your back on your TikTok students, teachers.

Teachers in Ohio have one more thing to worry about, it seems. The Ohio School Safety Center within the state's Department of Public Safety is warning educators that students may suddenly slap them, thanks to a new trend on TikTok.

The group says that some TikTok users are encouraging students to whack teachers, administrators and other school staff in Ohio as part of a monthly challenge on the social media platform. For the "Slap a Teacher" action to "count" as a win in the challenge, TikTokers must run away from the slapped adult and must show the entire interaction on video, OSSC says in an email.

Previous school challenges on TikTok have involved school vandalism or theft.

Ohio isn't the only state to warn about potential physical harm from students, as education associations from California, Nebraska, Texas, Florida and elsewhere have publicly shared their concerns. Earlier this month, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong urged TikTok leadership to address the "Slap a Teacher" challenge, The Hill reports.

"Simply put, whatever TikTok has been doing to enforce its terms of service has not been working and merits serious review and reform. I ask that you share a detailed description of all policies and procedures in place to prevent against abuse and misuse of your platform," Tong wrote in a letter to TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has not yet issued a comment on the trend.

Both The Hill and Newsweek report that the "Slap a Teacher" challenge hasn't trended significantly yet, but a South Carolina school says that an elementary school student there had, indeed, gone through with the challenge. 

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