Citing students ‘stealing teachers’ personal belongings to tearing urinals off of walls,’ Floyd Schools offering $100 rewards to help catch those taking part in social media ‘devious lick’ craze.

Citing students ‘stealing teachers’ personal belongings to tearing urinals off of walls,’ Floyd Schools offering $100 rewards to help catch those taking part in social media ‘devious lick’ craze.

Floyd County Schools’ security chief Rick Flanigen is warning parents and students about a “zero tolerance” policy regarding vandalism and thefts on campus associated with the TikTok social media craze known as the “Devious Lick Challenge.”

A recent Washington Post article defines it as “an unusual phenomenon has rippled through schools across much of the country: As students have returned to class, bathroom toilets, soap dispensers, science lab microscopes, parking signs and desks have disappeared or been damaged. Enticed by a viral TikTok challenge, students have pilfered or vandalized items at their schools and then showed off their antics, or “devious licks,” on the popular social media platform..” Full report.

The impact here?  “The damage to date within our school system ranges from stealing teachers’ personal belongings to tearing urinals off of walls,” writes Flanigen. Administrators, in calls to parents, have told of water fountains being vandalized as well. One high school restricted student use of hallway restrooms during class periods; any student who needed to use the restaurant had to go to the main office to do so.

The school system also is offering a $100 reward for tips on who is causing the damage.

Rick Flanigen

Below is Flanigen’s statement posted on the county schools’ website:

Recently on the video-sharing social media platform, TikTok, students have been participating in the “devious lick challenge”.

This TikTok “challenge” encourages students to damage or steal things from their local schools. The damage to date within our school system ranges from stealing teachers’ personal belongings to tearing urinals off of walls. Not only is this a significant disruption to the learning process for our students, but it’s also causing detrimental damage to our local and state-funded facilities.

There is zero tolerance for wilfully damaging school property. Any student who is caught committing, participating, recording, and/or posting videos of the act can receive up to 5 days of out of school suspension as well as being subject to criminal charges and restitution.

We urge you as the parent or guardian to speak with your child about appropriate behavior in social situations, the opportunity to stand for what is right, and taking pride and accountability for our campuses. All Floyd County middle and high schools will offer a $100 cash reward to any student providing information to their administration leading to the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of the offending parties. As always, any source of information will remain completely confidential.

We will continue to monitor social media challenges that may impact the safety of your child and their learning environment. We encourage you as the parent or guardian to do the same.

Thank you for your continued support.

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