TikTok videos show school vandalism

Posted 10/19/21

The growing popularity of the TikTok social media platform has led to problems in Pine Bush.

In response to complaints at a recent school board meeting about the sorry state of the bathroom in the …

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TikTok videos show school vandalism

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The growing popularity of the TikTok social media platform has led to problems in Pine Bush.

In response to complaints at a recent school board meeting about the sorry state of the bathroom in the high school, came a disturbing revelation last week. Superintendent Tim Mains said vandalism - recorded and posted on a TikTok video was part of a “TikTok challenge.”

“Are we holding parents responsible?” asked Board Member Cara Robertson.

Mains said the culprit or culprits had not been identified. The bathrooms are one place in the school where there are no security cameras, and it’s possible to create a TikTok account using an alias. To date, none of the videos have been traced to individual students. He said the damage had been repaired within 24 hours.

Mains urged parents to keep a closer eye on their children’s social media activities.

“I advise parents to know what social media your child is using and that they’ve given you their password so you can see what your children have posted,” said Mains, who added that parents are often “shocked” when they are shown screen shots of things their kids have posted.

Tik Tok, according to Wikipedia, is a video-sharing focused social networking service owned by Chinese company ByteDance. It was launched in 2016, and was ranked as the third fastest-growing brand of 2020, behind Zoom and Peacock, according to Morning Consult.

Throughout the month of September, students have been taking part in the “devious lick” challenge, in which they steal something from their school, according to distracting.com. The most common theft was of soap dispensers and other bathroom appliances, but students also stole office equipment and even made off with things as big as printers.

“Maybe we can circulate the list of TikTok challenges,” said Board Member Gretchen Meier. “I think our staff needs to know what they are. They’re terrible.”

Those challenges, according to distracting.com, include vandalize a school bathroom (September), smack a staff member (October) and mess up school signs (February).

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