We learned of a TikTok rumor today that is being shared on social media. It is an anonymous, general threat toward all U.S. schools that declares Friday, Dec. 17, as “American School Shooting Day.” The posts warn about the possibility of nationwide shootings or bomb threats associated with this day.
We have shared the information with the Rock Island Police and Milan Police Departments. They are investigating on their end. At this time, law enforcement has not seen any evidence that would deem these threats as credible. However, out of an abundance of caution, our district will be in continual contact with law enforcement tomorrow.
Please take this opportunity to talk with your students about the seriousness and resulting consequences of making any kind of threat. If they see or hear something to please report it to school administration immediately or call law enforcement. All safety concerns to our school district and to staff and students are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly.
We want to keep you informed and we want to be aware of our surroundings at all times and make safety the top priority in RIMSD #41. There have been no threats made specifically to any school in the Rock Island-Milan School District at this time, and we are sharing this information out of an abundance of caution.
Dr. Reginald Lawrence, Superintendent