SWOK Superintendents frown upon viral TikTok college students are collaborating in
LAWTON, Oklahoma (KSWO) – A TikTok trend called the Devious Lick Challenge has found its way into schools in southwest Oklahoma.
It encourages students to destroy and steal items from their school. TikTok is now banning these videos.
The trend is in middle and high schools at all Lawton Public Schools.
Superintendent Kevin Hime said the students are stealing and destroying soap, paper towel, and hand sanitizer dispensers.
They also pour kool-aid powder down the toilet.
Hime said he saw dispensers ripped off the wall and this could do a lot of damage.
He said students should think twice before deciding to follow the trend.
“It’s just a bad decision for life because, in a sense, it can lead to a criminal record. If you steal an item you can be charged with theft, vandalism, these are just crimes. It’s not that they’re just breaking the school rules or playing a prank, it’s a crime. Even if you’re 15 years old, a crime isn’t something you want on your file, ”Hime said.
Students could also face suspension or other serious consequences.
To stop the vandalism, Hime said teachers need to stand outside the restrooms to prevent the trend.
“In some places at the key points where it happened, the officers were able to help us. Our teachers were more attentive, covering these toilets between classes and then reducing the number of students being dropped from class during class where such situations could arise, ”said Hime.
Chad Hance of Cache Public School said he only had one report of Kool-Aid being poured into a urinal.
He wanted to start the trend before anything else happened.
“We hope our parents are proactive and monitor their children’s social media. It’s unfortunate that students have these platforms to do things like that, ”said Hance.
Hance said if things are destroyed in his district it will be treated as vandalism and action will be taken.
He hopes to work with parents to discuss the consequences and reminds children to respect school property.
“We always talk about being leaders, not followers, and sometimes kids get caught up in these kinds of trends. We just hope that they think about what they do or what they see, make their own decision, trust what the principals and parents have given them and what they have been taught, and make the right choice, ”said Hance.
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