What is the 'devious licks' trend on TikTok?

STUDENTS are following a new TikTok trend that could land them in hot water.

The hashtag #deviouslick currently has 175.2 million views on the video-sharing app.

What is the 'devious licks' trend on TikTok?

Students are stealing paper towel dispensers, lab equipment, and school bus parts as a part of TikTok's new "devious licks" challenge.

In a typical video, a student unzips their backpack to reveal a host of allegedly stolen goods.

There are different tiers to the challenge. A low-grade swipe includes toilet paper rolls, class pets and other classmate's shoes.

Mid-tier thieves will go after parking signs, school laptops, and desk chairs.

Top-level swipes, referred to as "nefarious, diabolical, and godforsaken licks," will include entire filing cabinets and security cameras.

The videos are typically set to the opening bars of Lil B's "Ski Ski BasedGod." As of September 12, thereare over 76,000 videos using the sped-up version of the track.

Who started the 'devious licks' trend?

On September 1, 2021, a user by the name of jugg4elias posted a video boasting about a box of disposable surgical masks they had allegedly stolen from school.

"A month into school…absolutely devious lick," they captioned the clip.

"Should've brought a mask from home. Now look at you walkin round campus maskless you dirty dog."

The video garnered 345,800 views before it was removed by the app.

Another TikTok user, whiteboywes, followed suit after the clip was posted, posting their own video unzipping their backpack to show off a wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispenser.

That video accumulated over 13million views.

Users are now posting tongue-in-cheek clips, pretending that they plan to steal school buses, statues and dismantle boilers to one up each other in the challenge.

One posted space footage of planet Earth, joking they "hit the biggest lick in the universe."

What are schools saying in response to the trend?

School administrators are taking the trend seriously and threatening students who participate with serious consequences.

TikTok user drexerss posted a recording of a school statement made by an official that announced:

"For those that are participating, please know that when we do catch you we will discipline you to the fullest extent and you will be arrested and you will be responsible for any of the monetary damages that have been done."

"Because of the antics of a few, we don't have soap in any of the boys' restrooms…nor do we have any more soap dispensers so you will not be able to thoroughly wash your hands."

According to Mashable, Sunlake High School in Land O'Lakes, Florida told parents that although swiping school property may seem like a "harmless prank," the trend equates to "criminal activity."

"Soap dispensers, exit signs, safety signage for fire rescue, and classroom telephones are just a few of the items that were removed and stolen this week," the school posted.

"We love our Seahawks and we do not want to see any of them arrested so PLEASE talk to your kids. If they are participating in this activity you will be hearing from an administrator and our School Resource Officer. Let's work together to put a stop to this now."

One TikTok user wrote that their school was only allowing transparent backpacks as a result of the challenge.

Another is locking it's soap dispensers in metal casings to avoid theft.

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