OHIO — Educators, parents and students are being warned about another trend circulating on TikTok dubbed "slap a teacher."
The challenge encourages students to slap a school official and run off before being caught, and the whole incident must be filmed.
"Some open-source media states that TikTok is addressing these trends by deleting and blocking the names of users associated with the challenges," the Ohio School Safety Center wrote in a press release. "It is being reported that TikTok is now directing associated hashtags to its Community Guidelines page. However, these videos can still be found on this platform by using variations of these terms or misspellings."
The challenge is among an entire list being circulated on social media. Last month, schools sounded the alarm on the "devious licks" trend, which encouraged students to vandalize bathrooms. Middletown schools sent out a notice to parents and staff and increased police presence at the high school last week after a threat surfaced.
At least one lawmaker, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has called on TikTok executives to testify in front of a Senate subcommittee because of the "devious licks" trend.
"We expect our community to stay safe and create responsibly, and we do not allow content that promotes or enables criminal activities,” a company spokesperson confirmed to Spectrum News. “We are removing this content and redirecting hashtags and search results to our Community Guidelines to discourage such behavior."
Other trends being encouraged throughout the rest of the year include stealing, messing with school signs and spray-painting fences.
"Several school administrators are working to inform parents of this new and upcoming trend and are speaking with students about the potential repercussions that could result if they participate. We recommend sharing this information and a copy of your school’s code of conduct with your staff, students and parents," the Ohio School Safety Center said.