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Libs of Tiktok Fuels Threats Against Schools Nationwide, Endangering Children

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This morning I got a text from my son’s school district that one of the elementary schools in the district was closed due to a bomb threat. While the threat was determined to be a hoax, they were still canceling school out of an abundance of caution.

Issuing a bomb threat against a school is a sick thing to do. Encouraging and/or inspiring people to make bomb threats against schools? That’s even sicker.  

Alas, that apparently is one of Chaya Raichik’s hobbies. Raichik runs social media accounts using the handle “Libs of TikTok” that are absolutely obsessed with demonizing LGBTQ+ people, allies and policies that protect LGBTQ+ people.

So on the same day that a school in my son’s district was closed due to a bomb threat, I also read a news story stating, “Over the last two weeks, parents of Butler Middle School students in Waukesha have received multiple notices from district administrators about bomb threats at the school.”

Now why would Butler Middle School be the target of multiple threats? Well, gosh, it could have something to do with the fact that on March 4, Raichik targeted an employee at the school by posting two screenshots from his personal social media account: a photo of him and his partner as well as him saying, “Acceptance, equity and inclusion should be cornerstones of our schools.”

Butler received the first bomb threat on March 8. “Subsequent threats followed on March 11, 12 and 14,” one of which referenced a school shooting, according to Wisconsin Public Radio.

This is not Waukesha’s first foray into anti-LGBTQ+ territory. As WPR reports, “In 2021, Waukesha was the first district in Wisconsin to require the removal of all ‘political' signage including Black Lives Matter, Thin Blue Line posters and rainbow signs and flags supporting LGBTQ individuals. Four months later, a special education kindergarten teacher was suspended for displaying a rainbow flag in her classroom.”

But wait, that’s not all! The district also doesn’t let students “change their pronouns without written parental consent” and the school board board “voted to end any diversity, equity and inclusion work in the district.”

All under the guise of “protecting” parental rights. The district’s “Parental Rights and Transparency Resolution” includes that “students deserve to feel welcome at school, regardless of religious beliefs, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation,” which sounds good. Until you realize there is an entire section outlining how transgender, genderfluid and genderqueer kids are to have no say in their identities and are to be outed to their parents.

“District staff will not be permitted to call a minor student by names, nicknames or pronouns other than ... pronouns consistent with the student’s biological sex, without written permission from the parent,” the resolution reads in part.

The district also bans students from bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams that aren’t “consistent with their biological sex” with very limited exceptions.

So basically the district has bent over backward to make it clear that this isn’t a place where LGBTQ+ kids are welcome — and LGBTQ+ staff, for that matter. And yet they STILL were targeted by Raichik.

Gosh, it’s almost as if harassment and cruelty are the point.

Threats against schools after they receive Raichik’s unwanted attention via Libs of TikTok is par for the course, unfortunately.

Raichik and her followers are a clear and present danger to kids at school across the country. If Raichik decides to target your kid’s school because they allow rainbow flags or have a lesbian principal or affirm their support of transgender kids, you can bet that the threats will follow. So much for protecting kids.

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