Schools in Pittsburgh-region responding to Tik-Tok threat of violence

PITTSBURGH — Schools across the country, and here at home, are bracing Friday after a post on Tik-Tok warned of a “threat to every school in the USA.”.

There is no evidence the threat is credible and no schools were named, but administrators aren’t taking any chances.

Some local districts are beefing up security at their schools, while others are avoiding bringing kids to the classroom altogether – opting for virtual learning instead.

Pittsburgh Public Schools is working with city police to monitor for threats, posting a statement online that reads in part: “While we do not believe the threat to be credible, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking it seriously.”

Pennsylvania State Police echoed that message, saying no schools in the commonwealth have received credible threats at this time.

Still, Seneca Valley had its students start the day two hours later than normal and learn virtually. Gateway High School is also moving forward with virtual learning.

North Hills, Fox Chapel, Leechburg, and Plum are among the districts bringing kids to school Friday, but with enhanced security in place.

In the meantime, Tik-Tok says it is working with law enforcement to track down the origin of these threats.