US: Some Virginia Schools Warn Parents of TikTok Trend 'Devious Licks' After Multiple Vandalism Incidents

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Some northern Virginia schools are reportedly warning parents of a new social media trend that challenges students to steal and vandalize school property.

a group of people in a room: Virginia's Lake Braddock Secondary school principal said that staff will supervise students' actions and said that some restrooms will be closed during lunch time to ban students from vandalizing or stealing school property. Above, an empty classroom at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 shows that a teacher has prepared for the start of the school year on September 2 in New York City. © Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Virginia's Lake Braddock Secondary school principal said that staff will supervise students' actions and said that some restrooms will be closed during lunch time to ban students from vandalizing or stealing school property. Above, an empty classroom at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 shows that a teacher has prepared for the start of the school year on September 2 in New York City.

The new trend called "devious licks" challenges students to post videos of themselves destroying school bathrooms or stealing school belongings, NBC's News4 reported on Wednesday.

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A parent of a school student at Rocky Run Middle School said that he learned that one student reportedly stole a trash can and "no one said anything."

In a letter sent to parents, Rocky Run Middle School Principal Amy Goodloe said that the social media trend is making it difficult to maintain a healthy and safe environment at school, according to News4.

TikTok took action and reportedly banned users from sharing the trend on its platform and from accessing the hashtags associated with this content, News4 reported.

"We expect our community to stay safe and create responsibly, and we do not allow content that promotes or enables criminal activities. We are removing this content and redirecting hashtags and search results to our Community Guidelines to discourage such behavior," a TikTok spokesperson told Newsweek in an emailed statement.

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News4 obtained a photo from a parent of a student at Lake Braddock Secondary school, showing missing hand soap dispensers at the school's restroom.

The Lake Braddock Secondary school principal this week told parents in a letter that school staff will supervise school bathrooms more. The principal also added that some restrooms will be closed during lunchtimes and transitions, according to News4.

According to the outlet, the social media trend is taking place in some counties, including Fairfax County. Some incidents that might be related to the trend were also reported at Prince William County Public Schools, Arlington Public Schools, and North Stafford High School.

Newsweek contacted the above school districts but didn't hear back by the time of publishing.

A number of controversial trends have been surfacing on social media, prompting users to post videos of themselves as they achieve a certain task or challenge.

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Last month, a video showing a man participating in the so-called Milk Crate Challenge went viral and gained five million views on Twitter as of August 22. Later that month TikTok removed hashtags associated with this challenge, saying it "glorifies dangerous acts."

The challenge encourages people to climb and go back down a staircase made of plastic milk crates without falling. People have been filming the challenge and posting it under #MilkCrateChallenge on social media.

In June, another trend went viral on TikTok called the Starburst Challenge. The challenge urged people to kiss each other with the candy in their mouths.

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