December 16, 2021

Dear Branford School Community:

The Branford School District has become aware of a troubling post that has been shared widely this week on the social media platform TikTok. The post refers to a threat to school safety on Friday, December 17, 2021.

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. The Connecticut Intelligence Center, along with other law enforcement agencies across the country who have received tips related to these rumors, has been investigating these posts and while they do not believe the post to be actionable, we are closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with our local police department to have appropriate resources dedicated to maintain the safety of our schools.

This situation serves as a good example of why it is important to avoid sharing posts online that refer to school safety threats. Inappropriate online posts 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. 

If you or your child become aware of any potential threat specifically to our District posted to social media or anywhere else, please notify the Branford Police Department, school administration, and/or the Superintendent’s Office.

As always, thank you for your partnership as we work to ensure a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for our students.

Sincerely,

Hamlet M. Hernandez

Superintendent of Schools