It’s back to school and on TikTok, that means students are inexplicably stealing anything that isn’t locked.
The latest TikTok trend to generally wreak social havoc sees college students pulling out ‘sneaky licks’ – small-scale heists of everything from soap dispensers, Covid test kits, and hand sanitizer to great value as the technology of the classroom.
The videos are set on an edited version of Lil B’s “Ski Ski BasedGod,” which had appeared in around 100,000 videos on TikTok on Monday, according to Mashable, with the #deviouslick tag collecting more than 175 million views.
TikTok cracked down on Wednesday, limiting search results for the viral stunt, removing videos with the tag and encouraging users to “please be kind” to teachers.
“We expect our community to stay safe and create responsibly, and we do not allow content that promotes or allows criminal activity,” a TikTok spokesperson told TechCrunch. “We are removing this content and redirecting hashtags and search results to our community guidelines to discourage such behavior. “
While it’s unclear which videos are staged and which are legitimate, the trend is real enough to stress teachers and parents across the country. At a college in Las Vegas, school administrators report students slipping speed limit signs, fire alarms, soap dispensers and classroom floodlights. And in Portland, Oregon, at least one high school has seen the value of an entire building of soap dispensers disappear – not a good start to another school year in the grip of a global pandemic.