East Texas Students Form Justice League After Concerning Social Media Challenge Swiftly Spread
LONG VISION, Tx. (KSLA) – Students at an east Texas middle school are now holding their peers to account, after witnessing the rapid spread of a damaging “challenge” on social media app Tik Tok.
‘Devious Licks’ encourages students to vandalize and steal items from schools. Across the country, participants reportedly smashed school tiles, stole or destroyed soap dispensers, and even stole a bathroom sink.
Frustrated by the actions of their peers, students at Judson Middle School in Longview created the “Judson Justice League,” which aims to deter students from engaging in potentially harmful and dangerous behavior in school.
Throughout Judson, flyers with QR codes are posted, allowing students to anonymously report social media trends and challenges, which could spill over into the classroom.
Danny Stanley, deputy principal of Judson Middle School, said it was difficult to know what students are exposed to on social media on a daily basis.
“What goes through my mind is, ‘what’s the next step? “And nothing really seems to surprise me,” Stanley said. “I feel like there’s a new challenge every day… deep inside I’m like, ‘Okay, we’ve got to deal with this, but then I’m like, what’s the next challenge going to be? ‘ “
Tik Tok has banned the “sneaky lick” challenge, but the damage to Judson is done, albeit minor compared to other schools nationwide.
“A few broken soap dispensers, a few wads of toilet paper put down the toilet,” Stanley said. “A little graffiti … teachers reported minor things were stolen.”
Klushay Watts, a student at Judson Middle and a member of the Judson Justice League, said she was saddened by the behavior of her peers.
“It was really immature to see students going around and vandalizing schools and honestly that represents us,” Watts said. “They ripping up our bathrooms and taking things from school, it’s just not acceptable. “
Watts said the Judson Justice League would discourage students from engaging in questionable behavior because they could be reported to the school administration.
“Students can have a big impact on other students,” Watts said. “With what they do, there are consequences, consequences come behind your actions. “
“There are things on the internet that are very hurtful and it is projected onto us,” Watts explained.
As a school administrator, Stanley stressed that it is very difficult for leaders to stay ahead of emerging and potentially threatening trends and challenges in social media.
He hopes the “Judson Justice League” will give schools insight and insight into these applications.
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