zoom class staged kidnapping


Teens are staging Zoom kidnappings to get out of online classes

'Did you guys just see Tyler get kidnapped?'


Onaje McDowelle


Published Sep 23, 2020   Updated Sep 23, 2020, 1:38 pm CDT

In a new viral trend, high school and college students staging Zoom kidnappings during virtual class meetings to get out of lectures, tests, and quizzes.

Featured Video Hide

The pranks organized by students and their friends often cause startled reactions from instructors who witness their students seemingly taken hostage in front of the class. Various versions of the stunt have been captured by fellow classmates and later shared online.

Advertisement Hide

In one viral Zoom kidnapping that has been viewed nearly 3 million times on Twitter, a student named Tyler is seen being dragged out of his room by two men in grey and black hoodies as the professor discusses class readings.

Advertisement Hide

Following the incident, the professor pauses and asks, “Did you guys just see Tyler get kidnapped?” Another student laughs as the professor asks, “Do we need to call the police?”

A similar video shared to Instagram showed two men wearing all black throw a bag over a student’s head and carry the student away from the Zoom call.

“Oh my god,” the teacher says. “What did I just witness?”

View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Nateclip (@nateclips) on

Advertisement Hide

In another video, a student pretends to fight back against his kidnappers in a struggle that lasts a few seconds before the group successfully carries him out of frame.

Advertisement Hide

One Zoom kidnapping “gone wrong” resulted in a student boxing with the “kidnapper” as the class watched.

Advertisement Hide

A TikTok account dedicated to Zoom kidnapping videos, @Zoomnappers, has over 230,000 followers.

The videos have been well-received as a comedic break from Zoom fatigue and other school-related stressors.

Advertisement Hide
Advertisement Hide

But the videos have also sparked concern for others who feel that they could turn dangerous.

“I look forward to the first story where someone ACTUALLY gets kidnapped in the middle of a ZOOM call,” one Twitter user wrote, “and nobody believes it until they’re missing for like 2 weeks.”

Advertisement Hide
Advertisement Hide

Must-reads on the Daily Dot

‘They said DIY’: TikToker buys a hot meal on Uber Eats, receives frozen food
‘Karen has literally gone bananas’: TikTok video shows angry woman throwing fruit inside Starbucks
‘My child meows at people’: TikToks prompt concern about development of ‘pandemic babies’
Sign up to receive the Daily Dot’s Internet Insider newsletter for urgent news from the frontline of online.

Share this article
*First Published: Sep 23, 2020, 1:37 pm CDT