Spherical Rock ISD warns of ‘slap a workers member’ TikTok problem
The school district said there is also an increase in incidents related to the TikTok Bathroom Challenge or the “Devilish Licks” challenge.
ROUND ROCK, Texas – Round Rock ISD is concerned that a new social media challenge for the month of October will cause further disruption after an increase in incidents related to the TikTok Bathroom Challenge.
In an email, the district said, according to social media posts, “hitting an employee” was the next challenge this month. The email states that slapping an employee in the face or part of his body is a criminal offense, an attack on an officer, which is a third degree crime.
“Digital citizenship is becoming increasingly important as social media continues to play a larger role in our society, and we all need to do our part to ensure that our students use social media safely and responsibly,” it said in an email.
The email also states that campus administrators are seeing an increase in incidents related to the bathroom challenge. Also known as the “Devilish Licks” challenge, it encourages students to steal items such as wet floor signs, microscopes, clocks, and hand sanitizer dispensers from their schools.
Over 100 toilet soap and paper towel dispensers had to be replaced at Round Rock ISD’s secondary schools. In high schools, stink bombs placed in a toilet resulted in two school-wide evacuations, mandatory gas pipeline tests, and approximately $ 10,000 damage.
The district announced that, according to the vandalism files, the employees spent a “considerable” amount of time cleaning.
TikTok announced that it would remove all content with the hashtag “deviouslick”. The social media platform’s community guidelines also state that it will remove content that “encourages or enables criminal activity,” including theft.
Round Rock ISD said it was “pleased to hear” that TikTok was removing the videos. In the email, the school district urged parents to speak to their students about respect for staff, students and school property.
We expect our community to create responsibly – online and IRL. We remove content and forward hashtags and search results to our community guidelines to prevent such behavior. Please be kind to your schools and teachers. pic.twitter.com/mIFtsYwFRb
– TikTokComms (@TikTokComms) September 15, 2021
“We ask our parents and guardians to chat with their students (and encourage students to have conversations with their peers) about the disruptive nature of these challenges and the disciplinary consequences and possible criminal charges that could result from them,” reads in the e-mail.
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