Some of you may have heard of a recent “challenge” on the social media app TikTok where individuals are encouraging others to steal or damage school property. The original video on TikTok now has over 11 million views and many re-creations. Students are stealing things from their campuses such as soap dispensers, toilet paper holders, microscopes, signs, a box of hand sanitizer, teacher’s car keys, and damaging drinking fountains, toilets, fire alarms and more.
This is happening all over the country; our school is not immune from such vandalism and theft, which is why we are reaching out. Our buildings are meant to be a safe, clean space for our students and staff and we will not tolerate the destruction and theft of school property. Replacing these items is very costly and takes precious time away from other priorities. Beyond this, our custodial team works very hard to serve our student population and keep our campuses clean and safe; especially with the increased risks from COVID-19.
Whether you allow your student to have social media, they will likely hear about this viral trend. This “challenge” presents an opportunity to speak with your children about appropriate use of technology and being socially responsible and kind. We ask that you please speak with your student and remind them that this “challenge” is criminal behavior, not an innocent prank.
Let’s work together to put a stop to this now. We appreciate your support to keep our campuses safe by talking to your child about the adverse effects of peer pressure sometimes found on social media platforms.
Thank you for partnering with us to keep our school and students safe. We look forward to your continued partnership.
Erin Feeley, Executive Director