Troubling TikTok trend is taking its toll on one local high school

A TikTok trend has become popular throughout the nation and is causing concerns for parents at Oroville High School.

Posted: Sep 15, 2021 5:51 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2021 8:14 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. - At Oroville High School, a TikTok trend is influencing students to steal things like sinks, toilets and soap dispensers from the school.

This social media trend is causing concerns for parents and students.

“Toilet paper things torn off, they showed a sink that was broken,” parent Shaina Hyatt said. “It is just crazy.”

Hyatt is talking about a TikTok trend called the devious lick. It encourages students to lick or steal things from schools.

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Hyatts daughter goes to Oroville High School.

“I don’t get it but I know my student isn’t doing it but it is still terrible that kids come to school just to destroy things,” Hyatt said.

Oroville High said someone ripped a water fountain off the wall, stole some soap dispensers and signs, causing $1,000 worth of damage.

Hyatt said with TikTok becoming more popular, she is not surprised this trend is becoming an issue at the school.

“TikTok has really taken the world by storm in a sense and it is crazy,” Hyatt said.

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The school sent a message to students and parents saying if a student is found to be stealing or being in possession of a stolen item, they will face serious consequences such as charges or being removed from athletics, or extracurricular activities.

“I am glad the school is taking initiative to at least let parents know because otherwise, we would have no idea that this is happening here,” Hyatt said.

Action News Now asked the principal if he would be willing to speak about this issue but said he did not have time.

Schools in other states like Arizona, Virginia and Florida are experiencing vandalism due to the devious lick TikTok trend.

TikTok Spokesperson provided the following statement to Action News Now: 

"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." 

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