Local School District Addresses “Smack A Teacher” TikTok Challenge

LANCASTER CO., S.C. – An elementary school child in Lancaster County faces assault charges for hitting a teacher, apparently as part of a TikTok challenge. In September, its inaugural month, the so-called “Devious Licks” trend challenged students to steal and vandalize school property. Teens across the country were arrested. And now according to a list that’s been circulating online, this month’s challenge is to “smack a staff member.”

Rock Hill Schools is also being impacted by the new trend an issued a statement saying in part, “Dear Parents, We have heard from many of you who are concerned about the elevated plans for the Devious Licks TikTok Challenge. We are also concerned and need your support in discouraging your child’s participation in this challenge…We take such aggressive behaviors seriously. Slapping, hitting, smacking, pushing, or inappropriately touching a faculty member is considered assault which is a Level III criminal conduct offense according to district codes. Criminal conduct consequences can include contacting law enforcement, out of school suspension, assignment to an alternative setting, expulsion, and restitution of property and damages sought by the school authorities. We are hoping you will talk to your children about how inappropriate this challenge is.”

Our question of the night: what would you do if your child hit a teacher?

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