A recent viral “slap a teacher” trend has swept the application, causing concerned officials to demand a crackdown on the “harmful content” available on TikTok. The craze, which encourages students to slap teachers, is only the latest in a series of problematic viral trends.
The challenge was created to last the month of October and follows September’s challenge which encouraged students to vandalise school bathrooms.
Legislators, including Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, have stated TikTok must meet with educators and parents and “commit to reforms that stop reckless content”.
Mr Tong wrote a letter to the CEO of the company urging for more regulation on the popular application.
“The last thing anyone needs right now is for children to be inundated by targeted social media encouraging lawlessness, self-harm and reckless, dangerous pranks,” Mr Tong wrote.
In response, Bryan Vaughan, Director of Safety and Transportation at Lancaster County Schools in South Carolina, sent a letter to parents stating any sort of assault is an “expellable offence”.
In a Tweet, TikTok denied the existence of the trend on the app.
“The rumored ‘slap a teacher’ dare is an insult to educators everywhere,” the Tweet read.
“And while this is not a trend on TikTok, if at any point it shows up, content will be removed.”