The Scottsdale Police Department joins the Scottsdale Unified School District and the Cave Creek Unified School District to address an upcoming monthly TikTok School Challenge called, Devious Licks.
These “challenges,” according to a press release, encourage students to perform and record actions and post the events to the TikTok platform and other outlets. School districts countrywide are experiencing the “challenges,” which included damaging restrooms and other school property in September.
Recently, SUSD and CCUSD sent similar notices to parents and guardians about this issue, the release said, adding SUSD wants to remind people that the challenges are not pranks and involve breaking the law.
Describing the “challenge” for October, the release detailed how someone is to “smack a staff member on the backside.” Calling it “particularly concerning to law enforcement,” the challenge is not an innocent action and is considered an aggravated assault, which is a felony.
For more information about this, consult ARS 13-1204.A8(d). SPD recommends not participating in these “challenges” or any other actions that would be considered a crime and can be investigated, the release noted.
Social media challenges fall upon parents/guardians and students to have conversations about the dangers of “trends” and the resulting consequences from behaviors and actions, added the release, recommending responsible social media behavior.
For more information about social media safety and education, call the non-emergency number at 480-312-5000.