A viral social media challenge has hit Arizona and is causing thousands of dollars of damages at schools across Arizona.
The viral challenge is encouraging students to steal items from schools or damage school property. The challenge is leaving several Arizona school districts having to alert parents to the unnecessary destruction.
It’s called the ‘Devious Licks’ challenge and students all across the valley have allegedly been participating and filming themselves stealing or damaging school property.
Students are stealing or destroying everything from paper towel dispensers to speed limit signs to fire alarms and expensive lab equipment have been taken. Law enforcement calls it theft, and students need to realize this can lead them to a path with serious consequences.
Cactus Shadows High School, Hamilton High School, San Tan Heights, the Peoria Unified School District and Mesa Public Schools have all experienced issues with ‘Devious Licks’ Tiktok challenge.
The issue at Hamilton and in Mesa and Peoria have gotten so bad that the principal sent a letter to parents, warning them about the brazen and incriminating recordings and detailing out that if their child was caught, there will be “a school suspension, full restitution and a police report.”
Officials are asking parents to speak with their children about this social media challenge and explain the impacts to the school and their future if they participate.