INDIANAPOLIS – Several school districts in central Indiana are reporting damage and some have closed bathrooms as the “sneaky lick” challenge spreads across TikTok.
This latest trend involves removing items from school bathrooms by ripping them off the wall or doing other things like clogging the toilets with panels.
Richard Craig, a school resources officer with the Avon Community School Corporation, created his own TikTok to encourage kids to stop sneaky licking.
“It’s gone from missing soap bags Monday to now, we run out of real soap dispensers and now we have toilets damaged by tile or drywall,” Craig said. “You damage the property at this point, you damage the school and you damage the toilets.”
Avon community schools have seen a few incidents in the district and Craig says many students are bringing the soap dispensers home.
“A lot of them take them home because really what do you do with a commercial soap dispenser in your house, let alone what do you do with five of them at home and what do you do with them at home? 13 years ?” Craig said. “You stick them under your bed, you stick them in your backpack, you take them home, you film them, you show them to your friends, you sly lick it, you post it on TikTok or Instagram, I hope to win views and that’s it In a college kid’s mindset, I really believe they think it’s it and no harm, no fault, and it really isn’t. “
Craig says that depending on how the school handles this, students could face criminal charges, including possible crimes. He encourages parents to tell their children about what they see and if they have participated.
“I assure you that if they haven’t, they know someone who has or they know someone in their school has done something similar. It’s not just a centralized domain… it’s prevalent, ”Craig said. “As teenagers, as parents, as a school staff member, we have a duty and an obligation, I think, to educate children. Children are there to learn, not just science, math and social studies, but they’re there to learn life lessons too. I think it’s one of those teachable moments and the learning moments that we need to teach our children and our students what the consequences of this will be and why there are consequences. “
Other districts in the state are also experiencing problems. Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation superintendent Dr Harold Olin said a few middle and high school bathrooms had been vandalized and some restrooms were closed while crews repaired the damage.
“Students are still allowed to use the other restrooms during passing times. We have significantly restricted restroom use at other times of the day,” Olin said. “This measure is a short-term intervention to enable us to resolve this matter.”
The Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation reported closer monitoring of the college washroom after the discovery of property damage issues.
“While we temporarily close some restrooms, periodically, throughout the school day, we have increased passage time in the hallways to ensure that each student has enough time to use the restroom. said Rick Hightower, communications coordinator for the district. . “
Clark-Pleasant isn’t the only school district in Johnson County to close bathrooms.
Stacy Conrad, executive director of communications for Center Grove, said the high school had encountered problems and the students were sanctioned accordingly.
In a message to parents, the Grove High School Center said it had also had to close some restrooms and closely monitor students in the hallways.
“We want to make sure that several toilets are open both during school hours and during break times. Teachers can allow students to use the toilet during class as long as the student logs out and has a pass, which has always been an expectation of staff and students, “the post read.” We encourage you to discuss with your students the consequences of theft or damage to school property. “
David Clendening, superintendent of Franklin Community Schools, told WRTV, “It looks like the toilets[s] were damaged and were closed for repair. “