“Devious Lick” TikTok Trend Affects High School


Lydia Breuer, Editor-In-Chief

Senior Kaylan Rucker washes her hands next to an empty soap dispenser. Custodians have not refilled the soap because it continues to be stolen due to the “devious lick” TikTok trend.

Amelia Stanley, Reporter

The TikTok trend “devious lick” began to run rampant through the high school the week of Sept. 13. 

The “devious lick” trend is a social media stunt in which students steal or break items at school on camera and post it for likes. 

Teachers around campus noticed items in their classrooms disappearing recently. Before the trend was brought to their attention, they were under the impression that they had misplaced items. However, that was not the case. 

Principal Joey McQueen addressed the issue during academic period announcements Sept. 15. 

“We’ve already sent someone to DAEP,” McQueen said during the announcement. “Yesterday, Mrs. Ecker had eight scissors, a stapler and something else stolen.”

McQueen announced that the “devious lick” trend had been hitting the high school hard, leaving teachers and students without school supplies and toiletries. 

“We are taking these acts of theft very seriously, so discipline consequences are handled as such,” assistant principal Donna LeJeune said. “Stealing school property or even someone else’s property is a serious offense and it could land (and has landed) students in DAEP.” 

In bathrooms, soap has been taken out of dispensers, mirrors have been taken off the walls and there are no paper towels to be found. After the theft of these items, administrators told the janitors not to fill the soap dispensers anymore, forcing students to wash their hands at the hand washing stations placed in the hallways in camera-view. 

“Anytime we are made aware of items being stolen, we take action and handle consequences accordingly,” McQueen said. “It makes us very disappointed as administrators that our students are choosing to participate in this social media trend.” 

Administrators have done as much as they can to prevent the participation of this trend, from threatening students with DAEP to threatening them with fines, and it seems the participation levels have gone down day by day. 

There haven’t been recent reports of theft, however some students are still in DAEP because of their involvement.

“We are thankful that the good far outweighs the bad in student decision making here at LHS,” McQueen said. “We are LHS, and at LHS, the best get better.”