College students vandalize college loos throughout South Florida for troubling TikTok problem – WSVN 7News | Miami Information, Climate, Sports activities
COOPER CITY, FLA. (WSVN) – A troubling social media trend has made its way to South Florida, where students are damaging school property for TikTok’s attention.
The toilet rampage comes at a high price and has already happened in several schools in South Florida. Broward County is no exception, as Cooper City High School has suffered significant damage.
“I honestly think it’s a very disgusting and unnerving thing,” said one student.
Cooper City High School students are responding to a disturbing new trend on social media, a challenge on TikTok, where users destroy school property, take photos, and post them.
“Not only are these challenges troubling, but they also challenge our youth to participate in criminal and potentially life-changing events,” said Vickie Cartwright, superintendent of Broward Schools.
Somebody ripped a urinal off the wall in Cooper City.
“I saw the damage and I saw the water come out,” said the student.
A bathroom was also damaged at Miami Beach High.
The school district police chief said it was one of six schools that were hit.
“We continuously work aggressively to interview students, scour social media and speak to students to better understand the TikTok challenge,” said M-DCPS Police Chief Edwin Lopez.
TikTok has blocked the hashtag and bans users who post videos.
The school districts go one step further. Destroying school property is a crime and students could be charged.
“We are using the arrest as a last resort, but breaking the school toilet is a crime,” said Lopez. “And ultimately we are actively investigating these cases.”
Payment for the damage left behind could fall on the parents.
“If a student is identified in any of these acts, the costs related to the destruction or theft are passed on to the parent, guardian or guardian for full reimbursement of any related damage to the county,” Cartwright said.
Parents are advised to speak to their children about the TikTok challenge, as this can lead to a criminal complaint.
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