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Central Valley schools falling victim to latest TikTok challenge

Devious Licks, TikTok, September 17, 2021
Posted at 12:01 PM, Sep 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-17 17:33:07-04

CENTAL VALLEY, Calif. (KERO) — A warning for parents about a new TikTok trend. The so-called "Devious Licks" challenge has caused students to destroy school bathrooms.

The challenge requires students to steal school equipment and "flaunt it for all of TikTok to see."

Schools in the Central Valley said that students who are found to have taken part in the bathroom challenge will need to pay for the repairs. Schools are asking parents to talk to their kids about the social media trend.

The Kern High School District released the following statement: ”This trend involves encouraging teens to steal and damage school property. It is a serious offense, and if a student is found to be stealing, in possession of a stolen item, or damaging school property, the district will take appropriate disciplinary action and possibly file criminal charges."

"We ask that our parents and families talk with their children about the consequences of participating in this trend. We also encourage monitoring students’ social media activity. These types of social media challenges tend to involve risky and damaging behaviors that could result in significant repercussions and thousands of dollars in property repairs."

"To me it's still stupid you're recording yourself it's like evidence," said Ed Buno, a parent of a Franklin High School student.

"I'm just glad they're responding to it and they're letting us know about it right away," added Hart High School parent Shirley Robes.

TikTok has also taken down the hashtag #deviouslicks saying that the videos violate the social media site's terms of service.