'Devious licks' asks students via TikTok to 'smack a staff member.' The nation's teachers are feeling burnt out.
October 5, 2021
Educators across the country are already overwhelmed with the chaos that is teaching during a pandemic. As if that weren’t enough, now they’re contending with a different kind of chaos: a TikTok trend that encourages students to cause havoc on campus.
This month, that havoc could reach a new level, resulting in physical violence against teachers and other school employees. And the prospect has already-demoralized educators increasingly worried about the sustainability of their profession as it stands.
In September, its inaugural month, the so-called “devious licks" trend challenged students to steal and vandalize school property. Teens across the country were arrested.