What’s the “sneaky licking” TikTok trend? What does it mean? Here’s what you need to know

A new TikTok trend has emerged called “sneaky licks”.

To gain influence, the creators of the social media platform now claim to have stolen school supplies such as soap and paper towel dispensers just days or weeks into the school year.

Here’s what you need to know about this new challenge taking over TikTok, why it’s dangerous, and what schools are doing to prevent it.

The trend started when TikTok user jugg4elias posted a video on the social media platform on September 1, showing a box of disposable face masks the user claims he stole from a school.

“One month in school…absolutely sneaky lick,” the user captioned the video, adding, “I should have brought a mask from home. Now watch you walk around campus without a mask , dirty Dog.

The video gained more than 345,800 views before TikTok deleted it on Monday.

Videos of a similar nature to the one jugg4elias posted have flooded TikTok in recent days as teenagers tried to claim the most “sneaky” or “despicable” licks.

According to the urban dictionarylicks are successful thefts that prove to be “acceptable, impressive and rewarding pay”.

In the case of this trend, the rewarding payday is simply social media engagement and influence on TikTok.

Schools are cracking down on the virus trend, warning students they could be arrested for stealing school property.

TikTok user posted a recorded school announcement from an administrator begging teenagers to stop stealing soap dispensers and warning them that they could face disciplinary action.

“For those who participate, know that when we catch you, we will discipline you to the fullest and you will be arrested and you will be responsible for all monetary damages that have been caused,” the school administrator said in the video. “Because of the antics of a few, we’ve run out of soap in the boys’ toilets…and we’ve run out of soap dispensers, so you won’t be able to wash your hands thoroughly.”

The administrator added that the school suffered property damage from this trend, leading to the closure of one of the bathrooms.

Sunlake High School in Land O’Lakes, Florida, posted on the challenge on Facebook on Sundaysaying that although it may seem like a “harmless prank”, the challenge involves “criminal activity”.

“Soap dispensers, exit signs, fire safety signage and classroom phones are just a few of the items that have been removed and stolen this week,” school posted. “We love our Seahawks and we don’t want to see any of them arrested so PLEASE talk to your children. If they are participating in this activity you will hear from an administrator and our School Resource Manager. Let’s work together to put a stop to this now.

TikTok said it would remove all related videos and hashtags, such as #devious, associated with the viral challenge.

“We expect our community to stay safe and create responsibly, and we do not allow content that promotes or enables criminal activity. We remove such content and redirect hashtags and search results to our Community Rules to discourage such behavior,” a TikTok spokesperson told the insider.

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