A Florida teen has been arrested in connection to a viral pattern dubbed “devious licks” through which children movie themselves destroying and stealing college property, to later share the footage on the favored video sharing app, TikTok.

On Sept. 16, School Resource Officers (SRO) from Bartow High School in Polk County School District, have been alerted to harm to a boys’ restroom on college campus, in accordance to a press launch from the Bartow Police Department (BPD). 

Two cleaning cleansing cleaning soap dispensers, valued at $45 every, had been away from the wall with one dispenser present in a restroom sink. The fully completely different was lacking.

Bartow H.S. SROs have been acutely conscious of the pattern, in accordance to the BPD. They launched an investigation and positioned witnesses. 

“During the course of their investigation, they did locate the suspect and arrested him for Criminal Mischief and Theft,” the BPD talked about. “The suspect noted he did the damage to look ‘cool’ and take part in the social media trend. A video of him with the stolen property was located.”

Florida teen arrested in relation to TikTok challenge

Florida teen arrested in relation to TikTok challenge

After his arrest, the 15-year-old pupil was launched to the Department of Juvenile Justice, the BPD confirmed to Fox News.

“I do not think it is cool to damage and steal property at your school,” BPD Interim Chief Bryan Dorman acknowledged contained in the launch. “I hope that his arrest sends a strong message to those who are thinking about taking part in the senseless social media craze.” 

“While at school, learning is cool; stealing and damaging are not,” Dorman added. “Hopefully this young man learned a valuable lesson today that committing crime is not cool.”


A spokesperson for Polk County School District educated Fox News by technique of piece of e-mail that they’re acutely conscious of incidents of vandalism occurring of their colleges which seem to be associated to the TikTok challenge.

“Although the damage has been minor, we take these incidents seriously,” the spokesperson wrote. “We work with law enforcement in each case. Any students responsible will also be disciplined in accordance with our student code of conduct.”

In current weeks, “devious licks” has had districts all by the U.S. are reporting theft and vandalism as many college faculty college students returned to college.

Urban dictionary defines a “lick” as “a successful type of theft which results in an acceptable, impressive and rewarding payday for the protagonist.”

Video outcomes utilizing the hashtag #deviouslicks have been eradicated by TikTok.

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As of Wednesday afternoon, there have been 235 million views of #deviouslicks-type movement footage labeled underneath the choice, #devious. That hashtag and phrase has since been blocked as efficiently.

TikTok launched the following assertion to Fox News with reference to the pattern.

“We anticipate our neighborhood to stay safe and create responsibly, and we don’t permit content material materials supplies that promotes or permits approved actions. We are eradicating this content material materials supplies and redirecting hashtags and search outcomes to our Community Guidelines to discourage such habits,” a spokesperson talked about.

Aubrey Chancellor, authorities director of communications at North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas, confirmed to Fox News Wednesday that its colleges have seen damaged lights in addition to to cleaning cleansing cleaning soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers and mirrors ripped off of partitions. 

“It’s important for students to understand what they see on social media is not always a good idea in reality,” Chancellor wrote in an piece of e-mail. “The students involved face disciplinary action and are expected to pay restitution as well. If possible, charges may be filed as well.”

The juvenile arrested in Bartow is not going to be acknowledged due to his age of 15, police talked about.