Chico High deals with troubling TikTok trend

The TikTok trend called the "devious lick" is encouraging students to steal things like sinks, mirrors, and soap dispensers from schools.

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 5:41 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2021 8:12 AM

CHICO, Calif. – The trend has students, parents, and schools concerned.

"The bathroom that I’ve gone in there is one mirror that is coming off and it is like missing," Chico High School student Aleigha Vasquez said.

"There is no soap around here,” a student who did not want to be identified said. “Somebody took a mirror. Somebody broke the whole bathroom."

Students at Chico High described what they are seeing at their school due to the "devious lick" TikTok trend.

One mom with two daughters at Chico High tells me she is frustrated about the influence social media has on students.

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"You just wonder where the parenting is quite honestly,” parent Angela Gore said. “Lots of children don't do stuff like this and then there are some who do and that is just very unfortunate."

"We don't want to put up a battle that all social media is bad because social media is a part of what is happening in our society right now,” Chico High School Principal Doug Williams said. “Every moment is a teachable moment with everybody. So it is trying to get kids to do a positive TikTok."

"That is how they engage,” Gore said. “If they don't have social media or their phones they kind of freak out."

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Williams said the school is doing all it can to help get rid of this TikTok trend on its campus.

"We want you to come and tell somebody that there is a bathroom that is being vandalized or has been vandalized or something is going on,” Williams said. “So that is the first step. The second step is to try and isolate which bathrooms are happening in and try and isolate which times it is happening."

TikTok shared this statement with 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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