Whidbey Island schools have seen only a few ‘devious licks’ copycats

A viral TikTok challenge has touched Whidbey, but the trend was short-lived.

A viral TikTok challenge where students skip over beg, borrow and head straight for steal has touched Whidbey, but the trend was short-lived.

Teenagers with a penchant for pilfering have nabbed everything from bathroom soap dispensers to microscopes from the science labs from across the nation. Teens record themselves taking boxes of disposable masks, bottles of hand sanitizer, or even bigger items like a teacher’s desk, and then post it to a video-sharing platform, TikTok, with the hashtag #deviouslicks.

A couple of Whidbey Island schools have seen the trend played out here, albeit on a small scale.

There have been a couple of so-called devious licks at North Whidbey Middle School and Oak Harbor High School. Students have focused their heists on bathrooms.

“We believe the acts are connected to the TikTok Challenge because students are recording and posting them,” Oak Harbor Public Schools Communications Officer Conor Laffey said.

Administrators received videos of the students’ efforts and they were disciplined accordingly, Laffey said, and the issue appeared limited to a “handful of students who do not represent the entire student body.”

South Whidbey School District Superintendent Jo Moccia said administrators had heard about the TikTok trend but had not recorded any losses of school property. Moccia said the school district would be locking up campuses and taking extra precautions.

In response to the backlash, some generous students have begun #angelicyields on TikTok. Instead of stealing, some students have decided to leave things like school supplies and toilet paper in their wake.