School says teachers were tricked into playing with phones like they were guns

A high school has hit back after a viral TikTok video showed some of its teachers posing with phones like they were guns – insisting the staff were "misled" by students.

In the clip, it appears students are holding up their phones like they are guns, "taking aim" towards the camera, miming a shooting action, and copying stunts seen in movies such as leaping out from cover while gripping the devices like they are pistols.

Members of staff, including teachers and the school principal, were also said to have taken part believing it was a film showing "school spirit".

Tinley Park High School in Illinois received flack from parents after the video was shared on social media on Monday (November 22) with some calling it "disgusting" and "really stupid", US media reports.

School shootings are a fear many parents face in the US – one of the most recent high-profile cases saw 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis kill 10 people and injure 13 others at Santa Fe High School in Texas in 2018.

In the same year, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz fired at students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, killing 17 people.

Jamie Bonnema, a Bremen Community High School District spokesperson, says teachers and principal Dr Theresa Nolan were "misled" and the video was "edited heavily".

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She said: "From what we understand, they were told that they were going to be in a video kind of promoting school spirit.

"They had no clue that they would be made to look like they were holding guns.

"They had no clue that their phone was going to be used like that. The video is edited pretty heavily to make them look a specific way."

Ms Bonnema said the school district was "extremely disappointed" by the video and said the teaching staff members in the clip were "completely misled by a student at the school".

An additional statement from the district read: "It is extremely disheartening that our students would find this content or prank to be humourous.

"It is even more saddening that a student would choose to mislead staff members who are there to support them and help them every day.

"There is nothing funny about this video."

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