Known as Devious Licks, it seems to have started on September 1 and encourages students to put supplies such as paper towels, lab equipment, and soap dispensers in their backpacks and then show off their ” burglary ”on a TikTok video.
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A “lick” refers to a successful flight.
The more difficult the objects to obtain, the more “licks” the student gets. For example, class pets or a classmate’s shoes are “little licks” according to Mashable.
School parking signs and laptops would get more ‘licks’ and very hard-to-get items, such as a whole filing cabinet or security camera, would be ‘labeled infamous, evil and lost’, Mashable reports.
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However, these hijinks are having a negative effect on schools across the province, especially during a pandemic.
The Chilliwack School District told Global News it has so far lost 42 soap dispensers.
“Unfortunately, this is happening at a time when there is a global supply issue, partly because of this trend and partly because of supply issues around plastic,” the district said in a statement.
“It is therefore difficult to replace all the missing distributors.
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The North Vancouver School District said it has also seen an increase in such incidents.
“In a short period of time this ‘challenge’ has already led to several acts of vandalism, theft and destruction of property,” said Brad Baker, the district principal, in a letter.
“Soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers and signage were forcibly removed from the walls, wall mirrors were damaged and a number of classroom items were stolen. “
Baker said that while this challenge may seem harmless to participating students, it is “alarming, inappropriate and illegal and could have long-term consequences for the students involved.
“As we have shared with our school district community throughout COVID-19, the health and safety of our students and staff is a priority. When soap dispensers and paper towel dispensers, which are necessary to facilitate good hand hygiene, are removed from bathrooms, and especially single-cabin bathrooms, washroom spaces become unusable.
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Baker said students and staff should expect reduced toilet access while the district waits for replacements and supplies to arrive.
He added that by learning the identity of the students involved, they can expect to meet with their school’s administrative team to find out the consequences of their actions, which may include the cost of recovering damaged property.
TikTok told Insider that it will remove content and hashtags related to the Devious Licks trend because they violate criminal activity rules.