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TikTok trend sparks unease across Siouxland

Published: Dec. 17, 2021 at 6:26 PM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - One parent kept her daughter home, a nearby community fielded tips about a video that even outside the district caused alarm.

On Friday, six Sioux City Community School District students were arrested for posting harassing social media videos, apparently in response to a nationwide trend. But the impact of those videos and arrests wasn’t limited to Iowa.

“It can be very stressful for students, when they’re seeing things like that, that are highly inappropriate that could put them or their friends or their teachers in danger. So it’s very stressful for students who are doing the right thing,” said Jason Craig, a guidance counselor at South Sioux City High School.

Another school administrator said the district took complaints from concerned parents, even though the only arrests were in a different district.

“And we would we want everybody to report anything that they become aware of, even if they’re not sure it’s a concern for our area, I’d rather know and be able to assess whether it’s related to our schools or not, then not know,” said Becky Eckhardt, student services director.

Back in Sioux City, one parent kept her daughter home. She said it was an accumulation of videos from the trend becoming public that led to the decision, though one apparently posted at East High School was the final straw.

“And I didn’t want to have to think about the regret that I would have if something happened,” said Erin Webber-Dreezen, a parent of a high schooler.

In South Sioux, a spokesperson said the high school administration did have to speak with some students, but no complaints rose to an arrestable level.

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