ROCKY RIVER, Ohio (WJW) — Rocky River police are asking parents to talk to their children about not taking part in a viral TikTok challenge, which has resulted in several area students being disciplined.
The challenge, police say is called “deviant licks,” motivates students to either damage school property or steal some items and then post the footage onto the video platform.
“These acts have resulted in three day out of school suspensions and possible criminal charges due to the severity of the damage,” the police department said in a Facebook statement.
Police said they are investigating incidents that recently occurred at Rocky River High School, Rocky River Middle School, Kensington School and Goldwood Primary School
The goal, police said, is for the behavior to stop.
“Please have a talk with your child tonight,” police said in the statement.
The Rocky River City School District released the following statement to FOX 8 News:
“We are aware of the situation involving students spurred on by a social media challenge on TikTok. Those who have engaged in this challenge have been appropriately disciplined. The district continues to actively work with the Rocky River Police Department regarding the incident.
It is important to remember that all technology and social media should be used cautiously and monitored closely by parents/guardians to ensure the safety of students’ emotional and physical health. As a school community, we will continue to offer guidelines and resources for safe online behavior.”