(WFXR) — A social media challenge that’s circulating nationwide has multiple law enforcement agencies in southwest and central Virginia increasing their presence at school districts on Friday.

It’s all because of a TikTok challenge that involves promoting school violence on Friday, Dec. 17 in schools around the U.S.

TikTok released a statement on Thursday, Dec. 16, which reads, “We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness, which is why we’re working with law enforcement to look into warnings about potential violence at schools even though we have not found evidence of such threats originating or spreading via TikTok.”

Meanwhile, numerous districts across the Commonwealth are aware of the situation and have sent out letters to parents regarding this challenge, guaranteeing that school officials will be monitoring the situation closely and taking it seriously.

PULASKI COUNTY

Pulaski County Public Schools sent a letter to parents stating that the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office will be in the buildings on Friday as an added precaution.

“This situation serves as a good example of why it is important to avoid sharing posts online that refer to school safety threats,” the letter states.

The district went on to say that there has been no credible threat and ask that families monitor their children’s social media activity. You can read the full letter sent to parents below:

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook that investigators and school resource officers have worked with Montgomery County Public Schools and school administrators to investigate several threatening posts being shared on social media platforms, including TikTok.

The investigation determined the posts are part of a national trend and did not originate from within the district.

The sheriff’s office also urges parents to be aware of what their kids are posting and sharing on social media.

GILES COUNTY

Giles County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Terry Arbogast II sent a letter to parents to address the “troubling post” shared on TikTok. While school officials do not believe the threat is credible, they are monitoring the situation closely in coordination with the Giles County Sheriff’s Office.

Arbogast says that there may be an increased law enforcement presence in Giles County school buildings on Friday as a precaution.

“This situation serves as a good example of why it is important to avoid sharing posts online that refer to school safety threats,” Arbogast’s letter states. “Even if they are not credible threats, they can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety for our students, families, and staff. We ask our families to monitor their children’s social media activity and speak with them about proper behavior online.”

You can read the full letter shared by Giles County Public Schools below:

GRAYSON COUNTY

The superintendent of Grayson County Public Schools, Kelly Wilmore, posted a statement on Facebook about the recent TikTok post that has raised concerns across Virginia and across the country.

As a precautionary measure, Wilmore says he has reached out to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, the Independence Police Department, and Virginia State Police about the situation. These law enforcement agencies have agreed to provide an increased police presence at school buildings on Friday.

You can ready Wilmore’s full Facebook post here:

To Grayson Parents and Staff:

Grayson County Public Schools has become aware of a recent post that has been shared widely this week on the social media platform, “TikTok”. The post challenges students to make a threat to schools in the USA on Friday, December 17.

The post appears to be part of a national TikTok trend and did not originate in our school district. We have heard reports from other districts that the same post is circulating in their schools. While we do not believe the threat to be credible, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking it seriously.

As a precaution, I have personally contacted the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department, Independence town police, and Virginia State police regarding the situation. They have all graciously agreed to assist in easing the situation by sending an increased police presence to our buildings on Friday.

If you or your child become aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please notify a school staff member, school resource officer, or trusted adult right away.

As always, thank you for your partnership as we work to ensure a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for our students. If you have any questions or concerns, please send me an IM.

Kelly Wilmore, Grayson County Public Schools Superintendent

CARROLL COUNTY

In Carroll County, school officials say they have been communicating with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office with regard to this TikTok post challenging students to threaten schools around the country.

Carroll County Public Schools does not believe the threat is credible, but may have extra law enforcement officers in school buildings on Friday as a precaution, as stated in the district’s letter below:

BUENA VISTA

Buena Vista City Public Schools is aware of the TikTok challenge, stating in their letter to parents, “if you feel it appropriate, we would appreciate your support in reinforcing with students that making posts of this nature can lead to disciplinary actions and criminal charges.”

The full letter sent to parents can be found below:

ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY

School officials in Rockbridge County Public Schools also made sure parents were aware of the situation, saying in a letter, “if you or your child become aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please notify a school staff member or trusted adult right away.”

You can read the full letter below:

LEXINGTON

Lexington City Schools has been made aware of the social media challenge and has released a letter to parents about Friday’s plans.

According to the letter, “Our district has been in contact with the Lexington Police Department regarding the situation. Our local law enforcement has also verified that they have received no credible information regarding the TikTok post. We may have an increased police presence in our buildings on Friday as an added precaution.”

“Lexington City Schools will not tolerate any threats of violence made against any member of our school community,” the letter continues. “Any threatens will be taken seriously, will be reported to local law enforcement, and could result in serious disciplinary action.”

ROANOKE CITY

Roanoke City Public Schools posted on their Facebook page that they wanted to make parents aware of the social media challenge. However, on Friday, students will be participating in a virtual day and will not be attending school.

The school district is asking parents to have a discussion with their children on how to avoid incidents like this in the future. Officials are also talking to the Roanoke Police Department about the challenge.

ROANOKE COUNTY

Roanoke County Public Schools is also spreading the word about the social media challenge. School officials posted their letter on Facebook to announce that the Roanoke County Police Department has been contacted about the challenge and there will be increased police presence at schools on Friday.

“If you or your child become aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please notify a school staff member, the police department, or trusted adult right away,” Roanoke County Public Schools’ post states. “You also can use our SpeakUp system.”

BOTETOURT COUNTY

The superintendent at Botetourt County Public Schools posted the district’s letter to parents regarding the TikTok challenge on Facebook, saying that “We encourage families to continue to have meaningful conversations with their children about appropriate social media usage.”

Botetourt County deputies will be increasing their presence in buildings as an added precaution.

FRANKLIN COUNTY

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office posted a statement on Facebook on Thursday after being notified by the school district about a rumored threat to occur at an unknown school on Friday.

“The origin of this rumor is from a popular social media platform and after investigation, it has been determined that it did not originate in our school jurisdiction,” the statement says. “The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Franklin County Public Schools administration will continue to monitor this rumored situation closely and provide additional security patrols at our schools tomorrow.”

In addition to the sheriff’s office, Franklin County school officials say they have been in contact with the Rocky Mount Police Department about the post.

You can read the full statement from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Franklin County Public Schools below:

AMHERST COUNTY

Amherst County Public Schools also shared an important message for parents to read regarding the TikTok challenge.

In the letter, it states, “If you or your child become aware of any potential threat posted to social media or anywhere else, please do not repost. Instead, notify your child’s building administration or law enforcement immediately.”

The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office will be providing extra security measures at each school on Friday. Deputies say they will be monitoring social media accounts closely.

If you have any information regarding a threat to students, staff, or schools, you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 434-946-7585.

BEDFORD COUNTY

On Bedford County Public Schools‘ Facebook page, school officials warned parents of the social media challenge and announced that they will have the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office on hand as an added precaution at the schools.

The school district says they are not aware of any specific concerns or threats in any schools.

CAMPBELL COUNTY

Campbell County Public Schools also made an announcement on their Facebook page, stating that a letter was sent out warning parents and families about the TikTok challenge.

The full letter can be found on the school district’s website.

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office says it has been coordinating with school officials, Virginia State Police, Campbell County Public Safety, Brookneal Police Department, and Altavista Police Department to make sure the students and staff members will be safe throughout the school day on Friday.

DANVILLE

On Friday morning, Danville Public Schools warned parents about a national public safety alert for all federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies about unspecified social media threats against schools. While no credible threat has been made against Danville schools, the district says it will increase the presence and visibility of law enforcement officers on Friday just as a precaution.

“To be clear, this national public safety alert does not involve any specific threats toward our schools,” Danville Public Schools’ Facebook post says. “We know the majority of our students and families are committed to keeping our schools safe. Please take this opportunity to speak to students about the importance of school safety.”

HALIFAX COUNTY

According to Halifax County Public Schools, there may be increased law enforcement presence at school buildings on Friday after school officials and the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office became aware of a national TikTok trend causing trouble at schools across the country.

The district’s full statement is included below:

If you our your child becomes aware of any potential threat via social media, you are urged to inform a school staff member or any trusted adult immediately.

This is a developing story.