Washoe County School District warning parents about Tik Tok challenges

The Washoe County School District warned of potential punishment for students who take part.
Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 2:11 PM PDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2021 at 4:39 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Washoe County School District wants parents to speak with their children about theft and vandalism.

A letter sent by the principal of one campus, Shaw Middle School, to its families says there are two Tik Tok challenges that are raising concerns:

1. KoolAid Bathroom challenge - Students spray red Koolaid all over the bathroom walls, stalls, toilets and urinals, then post pictures and videos of what they did.

2. Devious Licks challenge - Students steal things from school and then post it on Tik Tok to brag about what they got away with. The stolen items are called “licks.”

Both Shaw Middle School and Damonte Ranch High School reported damage. At Damonte Ranch, the bathrooms that were targeted had to be closed because of the damage, and students sent to other bathrooms.

The District wants families to know that anyone caught damaging or defacing school property will face “school and police action including possible charges for theft and vandalism.”

WCSD Area Superintendent-2 Jeana Curtis tells KOLO 8, “the students usually are the ones that report what happened in the evenings or afterschool or on the weekends. They’re the ones that come to school and notify or alert the administration what’s been happening on social media.”

Curtis says the schools are interviewing students who may have witnessed the vandalism or who may have been involved. Investigators are also reviewing evidence.

“And it can lead to suspensions and anything that goes with it, the police and the law,” said Curtis.

A spokesperson for Tik Tok contacted KOLO 8 to say that the challenge videos have been removed. “We expect our community to stay safe and create responsibly, and we do not allow content that promotes or enables criminal activities. We are removing this content and redirecting hashtags and search results to our Community Guidelines to discourage such behavior.”

Editor’s Note: The letter sent by the Shaw MS Principal was received by a KOLO employee who has a student at that campus.

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