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Oklahoma School District Inundated With Bomb Threats After Libs of TikTok Tweet

Oklahoma School District Inundated With Bomb Threats After Libs of TikTok Tweet

Libs of Tiktok, Ryan Walter, and schoolchildren at an assembly

Experts have described the tactics employed by Chaya Raichik, who runs the account, as stochastic terrorism.

In what appears to be the result of stochastic terrorism, schools around Tulsa have received repeated bomb threats after the conservative superintendent of Oklahoma schools shared a post from right-wing extremist Chaya Raichik’s Libs of TikTok account.

For six consecutive days, Union Public Schools have received bomb threats.

The Tulsa Police Department and FBI determined that the threats were not credible. The district has indicated it will continue vigilance of suspicious items inside and around threatened buildings, Rolling Stone reports.

The threats started after an elected state official amplified a message on a right-wing extremist’s social media account.

On August 22, Republican State Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters quoted the social media account Libs of TikTok.

“Democrats say it doesn’t exist. The liberal media denies the issue. Even some Republicans hide from it. Woke ideology is real and I am here to stop it,” Walters wrote along with the Libs of TikTok tweet.

The previous morning, Libs of TikTok posted a video taken from a TikTok account with the caption “This is an elementary school librarian in Oklahoma.”

A clip shows a pink- and yellow-haired woman carrying books into a school library.

In the video, the librarian superimposed the text, “POV: teachers in your state are dropping like flies but you are still just not quite finished pushing your woke agenda at the public school.”

The caption on Kirby Mackenzie’s original TikTok video reads in part, “My radical liberal agenda is teaching kids to love books and be kind, [how about you]?”

The Libs of TikTok version of the video is edited to include an image taken from the Our Team page of Gaining Ground, a Tulsa nonprofit that advocates against book bans.

The page has since been removed.

The screen shot lists Mackenzie’s name, photograph, and short bio.

“Kirby is an elementary school librarian,” the page identifying Mackenzie as assistant director read.

In her bio, she states that she has been teaching for nine years and is passionate about it, “with an emphasis on social justice and getting kids access to great books.”

Libs of TikTok underlined “with an emphasis on social justice” in red.

“Hi @UnionSchools! Any comment on your librarian pushing a ‘woke agenda’ with an ’emphasis on social justice?’” Libs of TikTok posted, tagging the librarian’s school district.

Those on the right have overused the term “woke” to describe anything they disagree with to the point that it has lost its meaning or gone to the point of semantic satiation. Transgender rights, tolerance, marriage equality, climate change, gun control, diversity, equity, and inclusion — according to members of the far right, these are all part of the liberal “woke agenda.”

In their eyes, the “woke agenda” now includes Democrats opposing book bans, integrating and affirming transgender children into the school system, teaching actual American history, including slavery and racism, and allowing students, faculty, and staff to express themselves freely. All of it is viewed negatively by conservatives.

In the clip, Mackenzie walks through a door, grinning and laughing smugly before putting on sunglasses while the Ludacris song “Number One Spot” plays.

Her Campusreported in 2021 that the song was part of TikTok’s “back again” trend.

This trend acknowledges the irksome moments in life when one assumes something is going one way, only to be surprised by someone or something returning to sabotage it.

“Like when you’re desperately trying to get your life together, work hard, and sleep eight hours per night but your party friend comes to town and wants to go clubbing and stay out until 4 AM,” Her Campus explained.

While there is an acute teacher shortage nationwide due to right-wing attacks on “woke” teachers, Mackenzie points out in her video that she continues to stand her ground, even though there are restrictions on teachers’ abilities to fulfill their duties. Mackenzie notes in her video that she is still standing despite the right-wing attacks on “woke” teachers.

Walters’s tweet was followed by threats against schools, explicitly mentioning the librarian.

“The innocence of children is sacred, that is a fact that has been known for the entirety of human history and the end of civilizations such as in ancient Rome are often marked by normalization pedophilia and child abuse,” a message obtained by Tulsa NBC affiliate KFOR stated.

“I’m not going to stand by as you b******s continue to indoctrinate and prey upon our children. This is why we placed a bomb in the school. You will evacuate the building so nobody dies.” A threat was also included against the librarian’s residence.

The would-be bomber continued with his threat by telling the educator, “Stop pushing this woke ideology, or we will bomb every school in the Union District.”

Oklahoma’s Democrats have demanded Walters’s impeachment.

“Due to his consistent pattern of inflammatory language aimed at our public education teachers, outright lies and targeted attacks on local control, along with the continued criminal investigations into the potential financial mismanagement of ODE funds and continued refusal to cooperate in good faith with lawmakers, we believe it is now time for us to use the authority afforded to us by House Rules and the Oklahoma Constitution,” said a statement released by Oklahoma Democrats Tuesday.

Walters claims Democrats pose a “direct threat to democracy” by attempting to take away the power of a “popularly elected constitutional officer.”

An FBI spokesperson confirmed that the agency was involved in an investigation into the bomb threats.

“The FBI remains vigilant and continues to work closely with our law enforcement partners on a state and local level,” the spokesperson said in a statement to The Advocate. “Any and all threats are taken seriously and immediately followed up on. While the recent threats to Tulsa area schools have been deemed not credible, the FBI asks members of the public to maintain awareness of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.”

Any immediate threats should be reported to 911, the spokesperson said.

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