Connecticut Attorney General Requests Meeting With TikTok CEO After Latest Prank
For the second time in less than a month, a Connecticut lawmaker is calling on the TikTok CEO to come to Connecticut to discuss the latest social challenge.
A few weeks ago, we told you about Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal holding a press conference in Hartford to address the "devious licks" TikTok trend, and call for a Congressional hearing on this matter.
The "Devious Licks" challenge saw an increase in school vandalism, especially in the schools bathrooms. The cases appeared at High Schools all over the state including Fairfield Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, and Weston High School, where according to CT Post, school officials were up in arms over the outbreak in property damage caused mainly by this TikTok challenge.
Now, a new TikTok challenge has caught the attention of Connecticut's Attorney General William Tong who is now requesting that leadership of TikTok come to Connecticut to meet with educators and parents to hear about and discuss the harmful impact the viral app is having on mental and physical safety of young people and educators.
The latest challenge to trigger this action is called the "Slap A Teacher" challenge. The challenge involves a student calmly approaching a teacher and slapping them. The challenge was suppose to start in October, however officials associated with TikTok say the challenge hasn't caught on yet like some of the previous TikTok challenges.
Either way, the latest challenge has the Connecticut Attorney General calling on TikTok's leadership to come to Connecticut to see the results of these challenges firsthand.
In a letter sent to the TikTok CEO by Tong, he states "the damage already done by the "Devious Licks" challenge here in Connecticut, and the possible impact of the latest "Slap a Teacher" challenge is putting teachers and students at risk".
The letter goes on to state that "the last thing anyone in Connecticut needs now is to have our school children inundated by targeted social media that encourages lawlessness, self harm, and dangerous pranks". Tang then finishes the letter by inviting the CEO to come to Connecticut to meet him, parents, and educators "to see first hand the impact these TikTok challenges are having on Connecticut and the local communities", and Tong also wants to have the CEO share what TikTok will be doing moving forward to protect the youth of the state.
So far there's been no response from the TikTok CEO, but according to nbcconnecticut.com, a company spokesperson did issue a statement to the Attorney General saying that this alleged ‘challenge’ is not a trend on TikTok, but the company would remove videos promoting such behavior if posted.