Parents in Georgia are being warned about a list of “dangerous” TikTok challenges circulating on social media that might result in their children being punished, ejected, or even worse.
A different challenge for each month of the school year features in a list, which encompasses anything from vandalism to improper touching of students and employees.
Allen Leonard, the principal of Starr’s Mill High School in Fayette County, termed the list “disturbing” in a letter to parents.
“They are more than just challenges, most on the list are criminal offenses, and will result in charges against anyone who carries them out,” wrote Leonard.
“We want you to be aware of them so that you can talk to your student(s) about the seriousness of such actions,” he added according to Fox 5 Atlanta.
The challenge for October is to “smack a staff member on the backside,” which requires students coming behind a teacher or staff member and touching them inappropriately, and filming the act for social media simultaneously.
Destruction of school signage, grabbing male students’ privates, and creating a mess in the cafeteria are other challenges.
He gave his warning after many teenagers in metro Atlanta were detained for participating in the TikTok “devious licks” challenge earlier this month.
After being reported taking the bathroom soap container off and clogging the toilet, two Evans Middle School students in Newnan were arrested.
Principal Dr. Lisa Moore of North Fayette Elementary School, a Georgia elementary school in metro Atlanta, also issued a warning letter to parents of unacceptable Tik Tok “challenges.”
Some of the “challenges,” for example, April’s “grab privates of boys,” January’s “jab a female,” and November’s “kiss someone else’s girl,” would be considered criminal acts and potentially felonies for adults, according to the principle.
Students may be suspended or expelled, said her letter.
“They are more than just challenges, most on the list are criminal offenses,” wrote the principal’s letter. “We want you to be aware of them so that you can talk to your student(s) about the seriousness of such actions.”
December’s “deck the halls, trash, and inappropriate graffiti” and February’s “destroy school signs” are the other two items on the list, according to 11 Alive.
The challenge-inspired activity “really abated … as word got out that students were being caught and facing some pretty serious consequences” after the two Evans students were charged.