DENVER (KDVR) – Denver subway law enforcement is warning students about a series of social media challenges involving the commission of various crimes on school property.
The September challenge involved vandalism of school bathrooms, an issue reported in districts across the state.
“Right now, for them, it’s a joke,” Douglas County MP Gabe Uribe said. “What’s worrying is that being funny at committing a crime is a very thin line.”
Uribe is the school resources manager at STEM School Highlands Ranch, where he says students ripped off bathroom doors as part of the challenge.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office shared a timeline with problem solvers indicating additional challenges planned for the coming months.
The October challenge is to “hit a staff member on the back” followed by a November challenge to “kiss your friend’s girlfriend at school”.
A full list of challenges is posted at the bottom of this article.
“They don’t understand that it is in fact a crime,” he said. “It’s an assault. It could be harassment. “
“Potential lifelong consequences”
In Jefferson County, Congressman Eric Ebling said they also had issues at Columbine High School. He was disappointed to learn that the challenges were a monthly idea.
“Where does it end? There really is no limit to where these things can go, ”he said.
Based on interactions with the students, Ebling said it was all about being relevant and trying to stand out from friends.
“It seems like everyone is pretty aware of the next challenge ahead,” he said.
The two law enforcement agencies say they have not received any reports of teachers assaulted in the October challenge, but they say parents must share the consequences with students before actions do not take place.
“It’s not worth this moment of glory for potential lifelong consequences,” Ebling said.
Both departments recommend reporting videos containing criminal actions to law enforcement either directly or via Safe2Tell.
“I encourage parents to talk to their students, to ask them questions. If they know what’s going on or who is doing it, come talk to us, ”Uribe said.
TikTok 2021 School Challenge Calendar and Related Crimes
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