Shippensburg superintendent responds to considerations about damaging TikTok problem

SHIPPENSBURG, Pennsylvania (WHTM) – A devastating TikTok challenge has created problems in the Shippensburg school district.

It’s a challenge called “Devious Licks” that encourages kids to destroy their school toilets and post the video of it on TikTok. It’s been happening at Shippensburg Middle School for a few weeks now.

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Superintendent Dr. Chris Suppo says they are taking the problem seriously.

“A very small number of children, but it has a big impact,” Suppo said. “This results in us closing the toilet, possibly for a short time, to fix or clean it. So it really affects the entire student body. “

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It escalated to the point where they started changing how students use the toilets.

“We were forced to send the students in groups so that we could be supervised by teachers,” said Suppo.

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The trend worries some parents. It was a topic that came up at the board meeting on Monday evening.

“In all fairness there is no place for property to be destroyed. We just cannot let these things go on and it will take everyone involved to help solve this problem, ”said one parent.

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A letter was sent to them on Friday informing them of the problem and the county’s handling of it.

“The first time parents were notified of bathroom vandalism and TikTok challenges after the toilets were closed, we have a leadership problem in at least some of our schools,” said another parent.

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Superintendent Suppo defends the way they did things.

“The administration’s attention needs to be directed to addressing this crisis rather than communicating it to parents,” said Suppo.

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To stop the destructive TikTok challenge, he is issuing a challenge of his own.

“I challenge parents and ask for their help to really realize that your child is involved with social media and may be tempted to do things they normally wouldn’t, so have these conversations with your children” said Suppo.

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He says the students involved in the vandalism were disciplined.

District leaders are also concerned about the October version of the challenge, which prompts students to slap teachers on the buttocks. Not only does this lead to school discipline, but Dr. Suppo says this is assault as well and could involve the involvement of local police.

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