A lockdown at the Wayne County High School and nearby Area Technology Center has been lifted, after law enforcement investigated a threatening message left inside the high school on a bathroom wall that was determined to be a prank. In addition, a threatening text was sent by a high school student that was determined to be non-credible. That student has been detained by law enforcement.
The threats are in regard to the recent Tik Tok social media platform challenge that has spread across the country. Neighboring school districts have been experiencing similar episodes this week, which were determined to be hoaxes. The social media challenge post has bolstered a law enforcement presence at the high school, as a precaution for the remainder of the day. The timing of the trending viral post is allegedly to force schools to shut down in order to have an extra day off from school for students, prior to the start of the holiday vacation.
Law enforcement were immediately notified and the school resource officer deputy stationed at the high school was joined by additional officers to search the facilities and conduct the investigation in a timely manner. All the proper safety protocols have been followed. Student and staff safety are taken very seriously by school officials and threats will not be tolerated.