TikTok is Complicit in Destroying Schools and Needs to Be Held Accountable

In case you haven’t heard, there is a very disturbing trend happening on social media right now that is having a terrible impact on schools across the nation. The trend originated on TikTok, a social media site which is very popular among teens. Like any social media platform, there is good and bad on TikTok. This platform is a place where people share short video clips of various types—trendy dances—silly, funny stuff—news—public service stuff—and trendsetting challenges. Some of the current trendsetting challenges are quite literally destroying public property in schools across the nation. People are putting out videos of vandalism and theft of school property and challenging students around the country to keep it going. And an alarming number of students are taking up the challenge. This despicably senseless criminal behavior is spreading like wildfire, and it needs to be stopped—like yesterday. I’m going my issue my own challenge right here and now. My challenge goes out to school districts across the nation. TikTok needs to be held financially responsible for the damages being wrought in our schools. The company has a duty to police its content and take down these types of videos. It should also ban any users who post challenges that encourage people to do illegal activities.

The kinds of actions our students are being challenged to partake in range from minor vandalism to grand theft. 

Some examples:

  • Spraying the bathroom walls with red dye
  • Urinating on the bathroom floors
  • Destroying soap and paper towel dispensers
  • Clogging toilets so they overflow and flood the bathrooms
  • The stealing “un-stealable” items challenge has led to the removal of bathroom sinks and stall doors, drinking fountains, and expensive ceiling mounted LCD projectors.
  • The latest is stealing things items from teachers’ desks. 

This is madness and it must stop.

TikTok is probably the fastest growing and most influential social media company in the world now. That kind of power comes with great responsibility. It’s high time they step up and put a stop to this nonsense. 

A big class-action style lawsuit filed by representatives of school districts across the nation would help recoup some of the financial losses suffered by schools and hold the TikTok’s feet to the fire. 

This is happening in our schools today, tomorrow, it could be our towns and neighborhoods. 

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3 Replies to “TikTok is Complicit in Destroying Schools and Needs to Be Held Accountable”

  1. More parents need to know this is going on. My son told me about it and showed me a video last night and it’s called “Devious Licks”. I don’t think that it has happened in his school yet, but if it does, punishment will be swift and costly to the parents of the offender since it’s a private HS. I really hope this goes away quickly….it’s already chaotic enough trying to stay Covid free while navigating crowded schools and mask mandates.

  2. You really think Tick Tick is responsible for this misbehavior? Well here we go again!! How about parents knowing what their children are up to and the court system punishing to full extent, period. Parents should be held responsible for their minor children’s actions, period!!!!

  3. Tic Tok should absolutely be held responsible! They aren’t responsible for the behavior but are responsible for spreading it to a wide audience and allowing people to openly challenge others to do the same things. Some people are idiots and will do and think anything they read about from the web, just look at QAnon imbeciles!

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