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Roland-Grise Middle School students allegedly steal from school as part of TikTok challenge

Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 6:26 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Charlie Broadfoot, principal of Roland-Grise Middle School, sent a message to the school’s families about a social media trend that is allegedly leading students to steal items from the school.

A TikTok challenge called “Devious Lick” calls for students to vandalize and steal (lick) random items from schools.

Broadfoot said that Roland-Grise has experienced vandalism in the boys’ bathrooms that very closely follows the challenge. Soap dispensers have been removed from walls, soap and red ink have been spread on walls, and urinals and sinks are being damaged.

The principal says the school is actively investigating these incidents and students involved will face disciplinary action.

Any student caught participating in this behavior may be suspended from school, charged with repairs and could be charged criminally with malicious destruction of property.

Students found to be participating in this behavior or sharing videos of this behavior online may spend time in In-School Suspension where they will work on activities surrounding vandalism research and citizenship. Students may be asked to then share this research by giving presentations to classes during mastery or at lunch times.

The school’s leadership is asking for any student with knowledge of who is responsible for this behavior to come forward and meet with an administrator to assist in putting an end to this. Any tips and conversations will remain confidential.

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