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Social Media Trend Impacting Schools
Posted 9/16/21

As partners in your child’s education, we want to make you aware of a current trend on social media that is causing problems for schools. The trend is called “Devious Licks.” It began on TikTok and has now spread to other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, as well.


When you say you caught a ‘lick’ on TikTok, it means that you successfully stole something. It appears that the trend began with a single post on TikTok in which a student pulled a bottle of hand sanitizer out of his backpack (some accounts say it was a box of masks) and said, “a month into school absolutely devious lick.” In essence, this person was bragging on social media about a successful theft. Though TikTok removed the video, there are copycat versions and misspelled hashtags that still lead viewers to the content. The videos encourage others to steal and vandalize school property.


Some students in our schools are participating in this trend and are vandalizing our schools in attempts to steal items. In some cases, they have caused severe damage. An additional concern is that these students are posting their “licks” on social media, which means that they are posting evidence of themselves committing a crime. 


We want to be very clear that this type of behavior will not be tolerated on any SRVUSD campus. We are very concerned about our students and the possibility that they may not fully understand the gravity of the behavior in which they are engaging. We hope that you will speak with your children and remind them that stealing and destruction of school property are crimes. If these students are caught, they will be disciplined appropriately and law enforcement will be involved.


If you or your student has information about incidents at school sites, you can report the incidents using the SRVUSD Careline (formerly the anonymous tipline) linked on the homepage of every school’s website.


Thank you for partnering with us to keep our students safe. If you have questions about this behavior, please contact your school site administration.


Thank you,



Christine Huajardo

Assistant Superintendent Educational Services