A brand new TikTok craze encouraging college students to steal or harm faculty property has discovered its option to Oak Park and River Forest Excessive College, and faculty officers have requested mother and father to step in and speak to their youngsters and assist finish the destruction.
The viral video development, which has taken over the social media platform, TikTok, and makes use of the hashtag “devious licks,” has prompted teenagers throughout the nation to focus on bogs, damaging cleaning soap dispensers, rest room paper holders and extra.
Within the final two weeks, OPRF college students have “ripped off” greater than 100 cleaning soap dispensers off partitions of the highschool’s restrooms, stated Karin Sullivan, director of communications and neighborhood relations. They’ve additionally tried to take away the toilet stall doorways, pull hand dryers and bathroom paper holders off the partitions and purposely urinate past the bathroom, she stated.
Sullivan stated the acts of vandalism have largely occurred within the boys’ restrooms.
“It’s very disheartening to see the varsity property being handled this fashion, however much more than that, [it is] creating further work for our buildings and grounds [staff],” she stated. “It actually exhibits an absence of respect for them and the satisfaction that they soak up maintaining the varsity clear and operational. They do an exceptional job.”
On Sept. 20, OPRF Assistant Superintendent and Principal Lynda Parker despatched a letter residence to folks, notifying them of the social media development and pleading for his or her assist.
Within the letter, Parker wrote she was saddened to see this “taking place throughout a time when having cleaning soap accessible for handwashing can be a vital mitigation related to diminishing the unfold of COVID. It’s unlucky that it is a development that has picked up traction with some college students.”
“It has confirmed to be damaging and expensive as our custodial workers works to maintain up with the clear up and alternative of merchandise in these areas,” she wrote. “Whereas many college students might imagine it is a innocent prank, it’s theft/vandalism and can carry the implications of such.”
Sullivan stated the varsity has but to catch or establish any college students who’ve dedicated acts of theft and vandalism.
“We actually count on our college students to behave higher than this, and we actually want our mother and father to companion with us and reinforce these expectations,” she stated. “That is their faculty. Why do you wish to destroy what’s your private home for therefore many hours a day?”