Teens, School Supplies, and the Sneaky Lick TikTok Trend: How Are They All Linked?
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Are clocks, paper towel dispensers, or exit signs missing at your local school?
This may be the result of an emerging trend in TikTok called “Sneaky Licks” or “Dirty Licks”.
The creators of the video-based social media platform are showing various school supplies stolen from the app in an attempt to go viral.
According to NJ.com, the trend started when TikTok user jugg4elias shared a video in early September showing a box of disposable masks he allegedly stole from a school.
The name of the trend comes from the jugg4elias caption: “One month after school … absolutely devious licking.”
Apparently, the video gained over 345,800 videos before the app admins removed it on Monday.
The account also appears to have been deleted or deleted on Saturday afternoon.
As the trend grows in popularity on the app, schools are trying to crack down on this behavior.
A TikTok user posted a recorded announcement of a school administrator asking teenagers to stop stealing school soap dispensers.
“For those who participate, please know that when we catch you, we will discipline you as much as possible and you will be arrested and you will be responsible for any pecuniary damage that has been caused,” says the administrator in the video.
The administrator goes on to say that the school has run out of soap and dispensers for the boys’ toilets, “so you won’t be able to wash your hands thoroughly.”
In the video, the administrator also says that one of the bathrooms had to be closed due to property damage.
A high school in Land O’Lakes, Florida recently posted about the TikTok trend, calling it “criminal activity”.
“While children may think of this as a harmless prank, it is indeed criminal activity, which will lead to serious school consequences and arrests,” Sunlake High School said. “Soap dispensers, exit signs, firefighter safety signs and classroom telephones are just a few of the items that have been removed and stolen this week. “
The school said parents of teens involved in the trend would be contacted by an administrator and the school’s resource manager.
Due to the nefarious trend, TikTok is removing the trend related videos and hashtags.
“We expect our community to stay safe and create responsibly, and we do not allow content that promotes or allows criminal activity. We remove this content and redirect hashtags and search results to our community guidelines to discourage such behavior, ”a TikTok spokesperson told the insider.
Advance / SILive.com observed on Saturday that the search terms “sneaky licks” and “sneaky” resulted in a screen with the following message:
“This phrase may be associated with behavior or content that violates our guidelines. Promoting a safe and positive experience is TikTok’s top priority. For more information, we invite you to consult our community guidelines.
Despite this, search results for “licks”, “dastardly” and “dastardly licks” still show trending videos on TikTok.