It turned out that a ridiculous internet trend associated with vandalism was enough to teach kids problem solving, teamwork and creativity.
Students are stealing or smashing large pieces of school property in the latest dangerous TikTok challenge to wipe out the country’s youth – and it’s driving their principals mad.
The destructive stunt – dubbed both the ‘bathroom challenge’ and the ‘sneaky lick challenge’ as slang for stealth actions – saw children stealing water fountains, hand sanitizer dispensers and soap, fire alarms, toilet doors, blow dryers and many more. other major utilities, apparently just for the sake of it.
“Someone tried to unlock a bathroom urinal,” Georgia high school student Max Orston told CBS46 in Atlanta of the “lick” attempts he saw at Riverwood High School.
It seems that most thefts often happen in school toilets, as numerous viral videos show.
Across the country, some are taking the exploits to ruinous extremes, with Kansas City High School principal Olathe North having to tell parents several of the bathrooms have been closed due to stolen toilet seats and ripped stall doors, Kansas City Star reported.
The trend of vandalism has caused a similar problem at Gulf Coast High School, forcing the facility in Naples, Fla. To close most of its bathrooms as well, according to WBBH in Fort Myers.
However, not all children are on board with deviousness.
“I just think it’s a little ridiculous,” Gulf Coast senior Raegan Heffelfinger told Network.
The trend reportedly started in early September when user @ jugg4elias posted a since-deleted video of himself pulling out a box of disposable face masks apparently stolen from his backpack, captioning “One month of school, absolutely sneaky licking, “according to Newsweek.
Since then, students have only gotten more creative as one school saw their challenge trophy case looted, according to footage from TikToker @smellyess.
“You all need to stop this trend,” they wrote.
Meanwhile, other students are sarcastically posting on the trend and claiming to have stolen huge items that were apparently not yet installed in their schools.
Chicago-area teacher Diego Marin shared his own plight on TikTok, documenting what was apparently stolen from his school.
“I can’t believe they got me wrong…” he captioned a video that showed a missing ceiling tile among other disfigured or stolen items, which included a number board of hard plastic chamber apparently torn from a wall.
“Stay safe, all of you,” warned a clearly frustrated Sailor.