The starting of this school yr already had sufficient angst with the battle over masks mandates amid COVID outbreaks.
Now, there is a loopy development being fueled by and apparently chronicled on TikTok: stealing school provides – every thing from cleaning soap dispensers and bathrooms to computer systems and movie projectors, in addition to different school gear.
Restrooms are main targets for disciples of this “devious licks” craze as mirrors, sinks, urinals, ceiling tiles and bathroom stall doorways and dividers are amongst prizes being stolen and displayed in videos on the social video website.
School directors have begun denouncing the development, calling it vandalism and theft. The Coachella Valley (Calif.) Unified School District, east of Los Angeles, has issued an “urgent announcement” on Facebook to dissuade “a TikTok challenge going viral that is affecting school campuses across the nation.”
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Fairfax County Public Schools, in northern Virginia close to Washington, D.C., despatched out a discover this week to oldsters asking them to dissuade their kids from partaking within the development. “We have seen some of this … recently and ask for your support in helping make sure our students are not engaging in this unacceptable behavior,” Falls Church (Va.) High School principal Ben Nowak mentioned in a observe to oldsters.
Beyond the potential movie projector heist, among the many different crazier videos is one posted per week in the past with 4.6 million views to date, by which a TikTok person states, “I won this trend,” and unzips a backpack and pulls out a cache of COVID-19 self-administered fast antigen assessments they supposedly have stolen. They toss the assessments on a pile of dozens of extra assessments after which opens a drawer to show extra assessments.
TikTok has been recognized to unleash developments as assorted because the “milk crate challenge” and, most lately, a much less dangerous one in all consuming Rice Krispies earlier than understanding.
The “devious licks” development obtained its begin earlier this month, in accordance with the Know Your Meme website, when a TikTok person posted a video of themself stealing disposable masks with the caption “a month into school absolutely devious lick. Should’ve brought a mask from home.”
Since then, TikTokers in excessive colleges and faculties started posting related videos of their heists. As of Monday, the hashtag #deviouslick had gotten greater than 175 million views, in accordance with Mashable.
That hashtag is now not present in searches on TikTok, which advised USA TODAY in an announcement it was “removing this content and redirecting hashtags and search results to our Community Guidelines to discourage such behavior.”
“We expect our community to stay safe and create responsibly, and we do not allow content that promotes or enables criminal activities,” TikTok’s assertion mentioned.
However, a number of different common searches remained on the positioning Wednesday together with “devious trend,” “deviouslics,” and “the biggest licks of the school year.”
“Licks” confer with thefts or theft; you is likely to be aware of the phrase from the 2019 music “Momma I Hit A Lick,” by 2 Chainz with Kendrick Lamar. However, many of the TikTok videos involving these latest licks embrace a sped-up model of rapper Lil B’s music “Ski Ski Basedgod.”
Many videos are nonetheless getting thousands and thousands of views, with a number of the extra outlandish posts together with one in all a pupil professing to have overwhelmed the school’s web service and one other threatening to carjack the school’s golf cart. “My school banned phones because of this trend,” one person commented.
One video made a joke video in regards to the development, suggesting if “youre a highschool janitor and hear this song (the Lil B track) down the hall” you understand a lick is in progress. It’s gotten greater than 4.8 million views to date.
In northern Virginia, educators are attempting to place a cease to the follow, whereas colleges fight the unfold of COVID-19.
“We are especially concerned because students are damaging paper towel dispensers and stealing soap dispensers from our bathrooms which presents a challenge to maintaining a healthy and safe school environment,” mentioned Amy Goodloe, principal at Rocky Run Middle School in Chantilly, Va., in a message despatched to oldsters.
McLean (Va.) High School principal Ellen Reilly advised The Highlander, the school’s newspaper, this week, “All this is is vandalism. And it’s (during) COVID-19, when people are supposed to be washing their hands. It’s not real bright.”
Contributing: Jonathan Horwitz
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