PSNI probe number of ‘fake’ TikTok accounts for Portadown schools aimed at humiliating teachers

Two Portadown schools said they are aware of a number of TikTok accounts aimed at humiliating staff and some pupils.

Wednesday, 10th November 2021, 12:59 pm

The PSNI said it is investigating after a number of fake accounts were set up in the name of Co Armagh schools.

Police say some of this content is abusive and could potentially constitute a crime under the Misuse of Telecommunications or Harassment.

Killicomaine Junior High School described the behaviour as ‘completely unacceptable’ and has informed the PSNI.

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 07: In this photo illustration, the download page for the Tik Tok app is displayed on an Apple iPhone (Photo Illustration by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Some of the videos share photos of teachers aiming to ‘rate them’.

Thousands of people have viewed these videos which have been described as ‘unpleasant’.

In a statement, Killicomaine Junior High School said: “Killicomaine has been made aware of a number of Tik Tok accounts which have been set up with the aim of humiliating staff and some pupils.

“This behaviour appears to be part of a trend throughout Northern Ireland and is completely unacceptable.

“If we become aware of such accounts or unpleasant posts, we follow advice issued to us and contact the PSNI.

“Please review the apps your child has access to and their accounts on different social media platforms. Find attached the age guidance for the main platforms.”

On Tuesday Clounagh Junior High School also issued a notice saying it had also been made aware of a number of Tik Tok accounts which have been set up with the aim of humiliating staff and some pupils.

“We strongly recommend that you review the apps your child has access to and their accounts on different social media platforms.

“Please review the apps your child has access to and their accounts on different social media platforms.”

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Over the last few weeks, we have had a number of incidents where fake TikTok accounts for local schools have been set up. These accounts have then posted images of school staff with inappropriate comments.

“While those involved may not see the harm in their actions, they are causing real distress to the individuals targeted. Some of this content is abusive and could potentially constitute a crime under Misuse of Telecommunications or Harassment.

“If you are aware of incidents of this nature or have information, please contact us on 101.”

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