The Goshen County School District has become aware of a troubling post that has been shared widely this week on the social media platform TikTok. The post refers to a threat to school safety “for every school in the USA, even elementary,” on Friday, December 17.
The post appears to be part of a national TikTok trend and did not originate in our school district. We have heard reports from other districts that the same post is circulating in their schools. While we do not believe the threat to be credible, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking it seriously.
This situation serves as a good example of why it is important to avoid sharing posts online that refer to school safety threats. Even if they are not credible threats, they can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for our students, families, and staff. We ask our families to monitor their children’s social media activity and speak with them about proper online behavior.
If you or your child become aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please notify a school staff member or trusted adult right away.
As always, thank you for your partnership as we work to ensure a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for our students.
Announcement - 12-16-21
In working with the Torrington Police Department, we have heard several reports of rumors that continue to circulate relating to the incident at Torrington High School yesterday. As a result, we have released a joint statement to address some of those rumors.
Because the incident involves information regarding students that are confidential and protected by Wyoming State Statute, we cannot directly address many of the rumors that we have heard.
However, we would like to offer some perspective on the incident to help place some context on the threat to our students at Torrington High School.
Our school resource officer worked directly with school administrators to investigate concerning statements made by a student that was threatening in nature. The investigation did not reveal an immediate danger to students at the school, and there were no weapons involved in this incident. The situation was quickly and safely resolved through the cooperative efforts of our department and the school district in a way that we hope will be beneficial for everyone involved.
We are passionate about the safety of our students, and we are fortunate to work with our partners at the Torrington Police Department and members of our community to address issues when they arise immediately.