Teachers living in fear as pupils make TikTok porn videos calling them paedos

Teachers in Wales are being targeted in TikTok videos that have been edited to include false claims they are paedophiles and homophobic.

The accusations are being posted on fake school TikTok accounts and contain pornographic, offensive imagery and unfounded allegations of sexual misconduct.

One headteacher said some of the videos contain slurs making false claims about staff, while others have teacher’s heads superimposed on pornographic images.

Speaking to Wales Online, an unnamed headteacher spent the last few days fighting to get videos removed.

However, as soon as one account is removed, more fake ones are being created under the school’s name.

The headteacher said: “There is pornography, swear words and a picture of a teacher calling him a paedophile. I asked for that to be removed but it hasn’t been. I have reported the matter to Dyfed Powys Police.

“We are absolutely devastated. We have staff in fear thinking they will be the next to be targeted in an offensive video.

“It’s like sticking your finger in a dam. It has added another level of anxiety.”

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One pupil has already been suspended after staff managed to identify the person who was posting an offensive video on TikTok.

The school also reportedly took action against other pupils in relation to the videos.

All the schools and teachers did not want to be identified in fear that publicly speaking about the situation would only escalate the problem further.

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Merthyr Council posted a statement to remind students in their area that they could face exclusion or police action if they film and upload “inappropriate material involving school staff and pupils” on school premises.

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru said it has received a large number of schools and teachers across Wales.

Staff at schools across England and Northern Ireland have also been targeted.

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The ASCL Cymru has written to the Welsh Government, local education authorities and the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, as well as advised schools that if they or their staff are targeted they should report the matter to TikTok.

A TikTok spokesman said: “At TikTok, we take all reports of hate speech or bullying and harassment extremely seriously.

“Our Community Guidelines make clear that we do not tolerate content that contains bullying or harassment, statements targeting an individual, or hateful speech or behaviour, and we remove content that violates these guidelines.”

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