Devious Licks inspire the vandalising of our campus


Saige Evans

“Devious Licks” are a new TikTok trend that began to surface in early September 2021. The term is used to describe students all across the country vandalising and stealing property from their school, then posting it on social media to gain views and likes. Most students committing the crimes are stealing items from soap dispensers to school buses. 


The first video posted was by a user named “jugg4elias”. The video posted contained a teenager with a box of disposable masks they claimed to have stolen from school, with the caption “A month into school… devious lick.” 


This has caused schools nationwide to enhance their surveillance on their students. At Laguna Beach High School, they have announced that they will not be replacing any stolen or vandalised property that takes place or is involved with this new trend. 


“Your teachers want us[resource officers] here more than ever. They are in fear for their safety,”Fred Yeilding, a resource officer at LBHS said.  This new trend is not only affecting school property but also the teachers safety. Administrators and staff should not feel threatened when working—they should be allowed to do their job in a safe and welcoming environment.. 


LBHS also released that if you are caught committing a “Devious Lick” it will end in expulsion, suspension or criminal charges. 

“The choice [you make] can affect the many, many students at LBHS who do not want these acts committed at their school and it is angering them. We are trying to educate everyone and teach students to take pride in our school and be responsible.” Says Fred Yeilding.


ByteDance, the owner of Tik Tok, recently announced that they are 

banning “Devious Licks” videos from the app, since it goes against the community guidelines 

on the platform.


Many teachers are speaking with their students about the consequences that will be taken if you are to participate. Parents have also been advised to speak with their children and explain to them the severity of these crimes. 


“I’m not sure why this is even a trend, and it needs to stop,” says LBHS counselor Nichole Rosa.