North Texas school districts seeing rise in stolen equipment thanks to TikTok challenge

Once again, we can blame TikTok for making young people do something unnecessary and stupid.
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Once again, we can blame TikTok for making young people do something unnecessary and stupid.

The viral "Devious Lick" challenge involves stealing various pieces of school equipment, mostly restroom appliances, with the idea to steal the biggest and baddest item.

The challenge has seen a rise in items from stolen soap and paper towel dispensers all the way to computers, microscopes, projectors and even restroom stall doors.

Frisco ISD district spokeswoman Meghan Cone said the TikTok challenge has left their schools with fewer sinks, signage, ceiling tiles, and even parts of toilets.

The district is investigating the incidents, and Cone says that any destruction or loss of school property will not be tolerated. She told the Dallas Morning News, "The district intends to press charges when the individuals responsible can be identified and will seek financial restitution for damages and repairs."

TikTok has since removed the "DeviousLick" hashtag from appearing on its platform in an effort to stop these types of videos being posted, and said in a statement posted to Twitter Wednesday "Please be kind to your schools and teachers."

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