New Mexico schools step up security in response to TikTok threats

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NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Local school districts are letting parents know about a viral challenge encouraging students to make school threats. The national TikTok trend includes viral rumors about the shootings, bombings, and other violence threatened on Friday, Dec. 17 at schools across the country.

Albuquerque Public Schools says they are monitoring the situation and may have increased security at schools on Friday. Districts including APS, Rio Rancho Public Schools, and Las Cruces Public Schools are encouraging parents to stress to their children the importance of reporting any threats they hear about or see on social media. Right now, there are no specific threats in those districts.

APS states that if the TikTok challenge directly impacts their schools, the district will work with authorities to ensure the safety and security of students and staff. RRPS reports that any student who makes a threat could face criminal charges and will be subject to disciplinary action.

On Friday morning, KRQE News 13 saw police out in Rio Rancho. Los Lunas Schools reported that kids were not allowed to bring backpacks to school Friday. Farmington Police states school resource officers and off-duty officers will be out at their schools.

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