Orland Unified struck by 'Devious Lick' trend, custodians and parents fed up

A destructive trend that has already seen students causing damage to bathrooms across our area is continuing to go viral.

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 11:01 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2021 8:21 AM

ORLAND, Calif. - The Orland Unified School District told Action News Now they've closed bathrooms in several schools after a viral trend to damage school property.

Janitors and custodians are the ones that have help fix it or replace it.

A school staff member said off-camera three out of the five schools in Orland Unified have been hit by this destructive trend, its shutdown bathrooms that parents and janitors are fed up with.

An Orland Unified custodian, Matthew, called on the board to give those responsible consequences.

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"During the day the classes and campus are taken care of," said Matthew. "However, as of lately, it seems that people have given up and don't care what the kids do on this campus anymore."

Right next to the bathroom, closed to all students from damage, is the janitor's closet, where one of the custodians says these are constant reminders of the viral violations they'll have to clean up.

"There are kids ripping down paper towels, soap dispensers, kicking holes in tile walls in the bathroom, and just recently a new trend of students stealing items from the campus and classrooms such as teachers personal items and safety equipment," he said.

Staff says with each new video they've seen, those responsible try to 'one-up' the damage done by other students, even in other schools.

"They are no longer allowed to use the restroom, I said what do you mean?" said a concerned parent. "Same type of thing going on, pulling off equipment from bathrooms."

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Parents fear this trend will only get more popular.

"Putting into light that this is all trauma, trauma-based, and it's only going to get worse," the parent said.

A staff member says the soap dispensers cost roughly $200 each and they've had to replace several of them, some even multiple times.

The Orland Unified Superintendent said he will send a message to parents to remind students to not take part in the trend.

All bathrooms and damage done are expected to be repaired.

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