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Tinley Park High School Students’ TikTok Video Goes Viral: Staff Get Mixed Reaction

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A video posted by a Tinley Park High School student became a viral trend on Tiktok. Even though the school is receiving a lot of backlash regarding it, it has issued an official statement recently clarifying its side of the story. 

About The Video-

The original video posted on Facebook has gone viral and is now a TikTok trend. 

In the video, we can see the school teachers and principal holding and pointing their phones towards the cameras as if they are guns. In addition to it, the song “Who want smoke??” by Lil Durk, 21 Savage, and G Herbo plays in the background, and beside the school staff, it features many students pointing things towards the camera. 

@makaylajanae127 who want smoke?! #greenscreenvideo #phs #fyp #BetterTogetherChallenge ♬ Who Want Smoke?? (feat. G Herbo, Lil Durk & 21 Savage) – Nardo Wick

Internet Users’ Mixed Reactions-

People on the internet seemed to have different opinions. While some people thought it was hilarious, others couldn’t stop questioning the school staff’s involvement. 

One person commented saying, “I was very confused as to why these teachers thought this was okay”.

However, the original video cannot be found on Facebook and it looks like the social media platform took it down having received the massive flashback. 

Another person said, “In this season this isn’t funny AT ALL. Don’t suspend them have the conversation. It’s important.”

Since this became a trend on Tiktok many people are enjoying it. Many have made a similar version of their own and people are finding the videos really entertaining. 

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School Responds To The Backlash-

Jamie Bonnema, Tinley Park High School’s district spokesperson said in an official statement that the staff was misled into making the video. 

“From what we understand, they were told that they were going to be in a video kind of promoting school spirit. However, 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,” Jamie said. 


While the spokesperson also added that the video is heavily edited and the Tinley Park High School staff was disappointed after seeing the video. 

She also mentioned that the people involved in this incident will have to face consequences. “I hope that we can have some serious conversations with our students and move forward. It’s being looked into. We have to talk to all the people involved. We have to find out the details of everything that happened.”


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