New college vandalized as a part of TikTok problem | Faculties
At least 10 students have been identified in connection with vandalism in three toilets at the new 8th and 9th grade academy in Alice Robertson.
Steve Braun, communications and marketing director for Muskogee Public Schools, said a mirror was torn from a wall and soap dispensers were pulled down from the walls.
Academy director Ryan Buell said the incidents occurred on Monday, according to a notice to parents posted on social media on Thursday.
“Our beautiful, brand new building has been vandalized,” said Buell. “This behavior will not be tolerated. As a community, we have worked too hard to build a state-of-the-art facility to let it be uselessly damaged.”
The new facility opened on August 24th on the site of the former Alice Robertson Junior High School.
Buell linked the incident to one of the recent Devious Licks challenges that went viral on TikTok. He said the challenge is for students to vandalize or steal school property. Such acts are known as “licking,” he said.
A TikTok search for “Devious Licks” or “Hitt a lick” does not return any results. A TikTok post stated, “This phrase may be associated with behavior or content that violates our guidelines. Promoting a safe and positive experience is a top priority at TikTok. For more information, we invite you to read our Community Guidelines. “
Braun said a student reported the damage to the toilets.
“At this point, 10 students were identified, but we may become aware of other people involved in the course of the investigation,” said Braun. “The discipline of the students will follow to the extent permitted in Section 10 of the School Management Policy.”
According to Section 10, vandalism and theft can result in lockdown outside the school or in school accommodation.
In his letter, Buell said that hall passes have been temporarily restricted.
“Although several students have already received severe sentences, we will continue to investigate and discipline as necessary to ensure the safety of the students and the beauty of Alice Robertson,” he said.
Buell advises parents to monitor their children’s social media accounts.
“Please take the time to see what and who your child is following on social media,” Buell’s note read.
Braun said the students have been committed to helping since the incident.
Students thanked our regulators for their work in letters and even gave gifts to some of the staff who took care of the cleanup after this unfortunate incident, “said Braun.