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US Some students face charges for the 'slap a teacher' challenge. Now schools are issuing warnings.

17:55  08 october  2021
17:55  08 october  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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The "slap your teacher" challenge is the latest trend that has resulted in some students facing charges and has schools and TikTok speaking out.

TikTok tweeted the challenge was an insult to teachers everywhere and any related content posted to its platform was against its community guidelines and would be removed immediately.

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A quick search on the platform turns up zero results, but that didn't stop schools from moving swiftly to curb any potential attacks.

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Schools across the nation are notifying teachers, parents and students of the possible consequences after the challenge began to trend on social media and multiple students made headlines for assaulting teachers.

An 18-year-old student in Louisiana was arrested and faces charges of suspicion of battery of school teacher, a felony,  after she allegedly attacked a 64-year-old disabled teacher as a part of the challenge, police said, according to WDSU News.

The alleged attack was caught on video. Viewer discretion is advised.

A middle school student in Braintree, Massachusetts is facing disciplinary consequences after they allegedly hit a teacher after being inspired by the challenge, CBS Boston reported.

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The incident happened on Wednesday at East Middle School and led to the school sending a letter to parents.

USA TODAY has reached out to the Braintree Police Department to see if any charges against the student have been filed.

"The most recent TikTok challenge involves ‘slap a teacher,’ and we had our first case in the district today,” the district told parents, according to CBS Boston.

“Please be aware that physically assaulting any staff member in the Braintree schools will immediately result in notification of the Braintree Police Department and significant school-based discipline, up to and including expulsion.”

An elementary school student in South Carolina faces similar consequences after assaulting a teacher on Oct. 1 in the Lancaster County School District.

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"Unfortunately, the challenge that has been put out for this month is to slap or hit a staff member from behind," the Lancaster County School District Safety & Transportation page posted on Facebook. "Sadly, we actually had an elementary student assault a teacher by striking her in the back of the head."

The post continues to advise that these challenges are not pranks and mentions last month's "devious licks" challenge where students were vandalizing or stealing school property.

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Other school districts across the nation have followed suit in issuing stern warnings against the challenge and giving teachers a heads-up.

"Educators beware!," the California Teachers Association posted on Facebook.

"As if widespread vandalism in our schools last month wasn’t enough, the same 'challenge' circulating on social media networks TikTok and Twitter is now calling for students to 'slap a staff member.'"

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Charges and consequences for students who do the challenge can vary.

Mo Canady, the executive director for the National Association of School Resource Officers, told USA TODAY that resource officers across the nation are aware of the challenge and charges can vary based on the extent a student assaults a teacher.

"When adolescents see something like this and see it play out on the social media world, they don't understand the ramifications and the potential criminal charges," he said.

He said it is up to the victims of the assaults to press criminal charges, and this challenge differs from last month's "devious licks" challenge due to there being direct victims.

"It's flat out wrong but beyond that, it can affect their future and that has to be the message," he said.

Follow reporter Asha Gilbert @Coastalasha. Email: agilbert@usatoday.com.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Some students face charges for the 'slap a teacher' challenge. Now schools are issuing warnings.

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