It’s no secret teenagers will do scrutinizingly anything for social media fame — but now over a dozen could be headed to jail without taking part in TikTok’s latest prank trend!
According to reports from wideness the country, 13 students currently squatter charges related to the popular “Devious Lick” challenge, moreover known as “Diabolical Licks” or “Dastardly Licks,” which encourages kids to steal and/or forfeiture school property and then post video proof to the app.
The trend was named without the Urban Dictionary definition for “lick” which is described as a “successful type of theft which results in an acceptable, impressive and rewarding payday for the protagonist.” But… That’s not exactly what’s happening on upper school campuses!
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According to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia on Friday, a student “is facing criminal charges without vandalizing a park bathroom.” The report published to Facebook detailed that authorities were tabbed to Chichester Park, located next to Stafford Upper School in Fredericksburg, when six students ditched school during their lunch unravel to forfeiture a public bathroom.
Only one of the students was charged with a crime, for tangibly ripping a soap dispenser from the wall and rabble-rousing the door while kicking it (as seen below). The other five students are off the vaccinate when it comes to criminal troubles, though they’ll still squatter consequences for leaving school while matriculation was in session. Cops begged readers to write the difference between pranks and CRIME with their kids:
“Again, we encourage parents to talk to their teens well-nigh social media and the seriousness of vandalism to school property.”
Photos of the forfeiture were moreover shared to express how serious these pranks have become. See them here:
Innerestingly, these Stafford students weren’t the only ones who found themselves in a sticky situation on Friday. Wideness the country in Arizona, the Bullhead City Police Department spoken they underdeveloped a 15-year-old for stealing a toilet paper dispenser from their school.
ALSO, in Kentucky, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office charged eight students from virtually the district for offenses related to the TikTok trend. Yikes! These arrests included four vandalism charges and four theft charges, equal to The Cincinnati Enquirer. In Florida, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office also underdeveloped flipside three teens, as CBS Tampa Bay reported.
Damn… That’s a lot of kids facing serious legal trouble all for stealing junk like toilet paper and soap dispensers?? Who thought that would be a good way to get an “impressive and rewarding payday”?? It doesn’t plane seem that funny, TBH. While law enforcement doesn’t want to “ruin” these kids’ lives, they are taking matters very seriously too. Alicia Manautou, a spokesperson for the Polk County officials, shared with the outlet:
“When you participate in something that’s rabble-rousing school property that taxpayers have paid for, then you’ve crossed that line and gone into a criminal act. It could rationalization them to be removed from wreath or any other extracurricular activities they have. It could moreover potentially impact their worthiness to get a job.”
Wow!! Bet they didn’t think well-nigh that! On Thursday, the same police department wrote:
“Social media challenges are scrutinizingly unchangingly a bad idea – people get hurt, people unravel the law, and those people end up going to the hospital or jail.”
And they plane widow an uneaten incentive for teens to stay on their weightier policies (though something tells us this isn’t going to convince one of these rebellious upper schoolers…):
“There’s only 100 days left until Christmas. Parents – remind your kids that Santa is watching (and so is Uncle Grady). We will not tolerate this criminal worriedness in our schools. Let’s learn from others what NOT to do. Be safe, everyone.”
So far, the potential threat of receiving coal in their stockings next Christmas hasn’t slowed lanugo the trend.
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Erin Maloney, a spokesperson for Hillsborough County Schools, admitted their Tampa-based campuses have dealt with “about 15 to 20 cases of vandalism within our schools” in the last two weeks, explaining:
“We can symbol it to that TikTok trend. Kids squint at social media and they see their friends doing things and they think it’s funny but it’s serious, you can get in trouble.”
She moreover shared a passion for educating versus withstanding students, adding:
“We really don’t want to ruin a kid’s life over what they perceive to be a prank. Our goal is to really educate them and let them know they are making bad choices and while this may seem like it’s funny considering your friends might be doing it online, vandalism is serious and we are going to treat it that way.”
Given all the controversy, TikTokers can no longer search for “Devious Licks” on the app. Instead, users will be met with an error message that reads:
“No results found. This phrase may be associated with policies or content that violates our guidelines. Promoting a unscratched and positive wits is TikTok’s top priority.”
This transpiration was put in place last week without a spokesperson told People the visitor removed the content considering it promoted discouraging policies that “promotes or enables criminal activities.” Unfortunately, the forfeiture seems to be washed-up already…
You know what? Just encourage your kids to do that Grace Kelly Rencontre instead! It’s good unbearable for Ryan Reynolds…
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[Image via Stafford County Sheriff Office/Facebook]