Anchorage Schools Grapple with Costly TikTok Vandalism Trend

The Anchorage School District is facing a costly wave of vandalism prompted by TikTok videos encouraging students to damage school bathrooms and share the acts online, known as "devious licks." This nationwide trend recently hit Anchorage, resulting in over 80 incidents and tens of thousands of dollars in damages. School administrators are dismayed, as even previously well-behaved students are participating for a moment of TikTok fame. Some schools are limiting restroom access and requiring teacher permission during class times. The district has issued suspensions, involved the police, and may hold parents responsible for damage. They are urging parents to address this behavior with their children and encouraging students to report incidents anonymously.