Scappoose School District warns parents of troubling web use
Scappoose School District has released a letter to families warning of misuse of the internet by students.
In a letter posted on Facebook, Superintendent Tim Porter is asking for an end to recent school vandalism caused and encouraged through a recent "challenge" circulating on social media platforms such as TikTok and Snapchat.
The letter reads, "This new 'challenge' is urging students to 'get their licks' or 'devious lick.'"
According to Porter's letter, this current TikTok trend involves users filming themselves pulling supposedly stolen school supplies out of their backpacks, with a variation on the phrase "first day of school copped a devious lick." It has also evolved to include vandalism without theft of items.
The letter said the trend encourages students to steal things from their campuses, including items such as soap dispensers, toilet paper holders, microscopes and signs, all to the same audio.
"We have heard that this trend is also spreading outside of schools to stores, movie theaters and more," Porter wrote.
Porter noted that this trend is occurring throughout the country and that the Scappoose School District is not immune from this vandalism and theft.
Contacted by the Spotlight, the district would not say what particular items may have been taken, but Porter said, "The cost of $3,000 includes items destroyed or taken and the cost to replace those items, as well as the cost for repairing other damages."
Porter, in the letter, said it's costly for his district to replace the items, and it takes time away from other priorities.
"Beyond this, our custodial team works very hard to serve our students for in-person learning and keep our campuses clean and safe, especially with increased risk for COVID-19," Porter wrote.
The school district is advising parents to teach children the importance of being socially responsible and kind on social media.
Porter said the next "challenge" is "to slap your teacher or staff member."
Porter warns that assaulting a school employee will lead to severe consequences, and local law enforcement will be notified.
Theft, vandalism and assault have both disciplinary and legal consequences, he noted.
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