Devious Lick Challenge

Jayson Licea

Oct 20, 2021

The mobile app, TikTok has gained much fame throughout the last few years. Although the app is meant for dancing or having music overlapping your videos, they have started many trends that don’t follow that path.

The mobile app, TikTok has gained much fame throughout the last few years. Although the app is meant for dancing or having music overlapping your videos, they have started many trends that don’t follow that path. When one trend dies off, another one arises. A trend has started recently known as the “Devious Lick Challenge”. In this challenge, the person takes a video of themselves stealing something which is usually from a school bathroom or a classroom. After taking the video, they post it to TikTok with the hashtag devious lick. The song playing in the background is a sped-up version of the rapper Lil B's song Ski Ski BasedGod.

One video using the hashtag deviouslick was posted to TikTok recently. In this video, the TikTok user stole a fire extinguisher from his classroom. He got it on video then proceeded to upload the video to the app. The video earned hundreds of thousands of likes overnight. This goes to show how quickly the “devious lick” trend has become a top hashtag on TikTok.

In September, the trend made its way to the Healdsburg High School Campus. Student restrooms were vandalized to the point that most of them had to be closed until repairs could be made, leaving frustrated students without an adequate number of facilities to use the bathroom. Supervisor Michael Edwards was asked about the challenge, and he said, “It really is stupid how all of the people who are doing the challenge are just doing it for a video.”

Michael, better known on campus as “Officer Mike”, thinks that in order to stop these “devious licks'', we need to catch the people that were known to do it. He has put up signs around the school that have a $250 dollar reward for anyone who can provide information leading to the apprehension of the offenders. Healdsburg High staff is trying to put an end to this trend, and this is one of the measures taken to attempt to prevent the culprits from getting away with it.

Senior, Sebastian Leffew, also known as Sebby was also asked about the trend. He was not too fond of the trend and what it has caused. When asked about the trend, Sebby said,
“It is a terrible trend for the school. Kids should not be going around stealing things because they think it's funny. Having to go to the bathroom with no soap is nasty.”