‘Devious licks’ not as serious as some portray it


Miguel Cambray, Entertainment Editor

With the introduction of social media, it has been evident that it holds great power over society. More importantly, the younger generation has a better grasp on social media as it is a newer concept, and the youth of today grew accustomed to living with social media.
TikTok is one of the most well-known social media platforms to date and has started multiple trends. In particular, a video that popped up on my feed as I scrolled through TikTok demonstrated someone with a box of masks, and it stated, “Just hit a devious lick”.
I found it amusing that someone would steal something so random, and act as if they stole the world’s biggest diamond. Soon more of these “devious lick” videos hit my feed. Video after video. What I thought was just one silly video turned into a global phenomenon. Schools across the nation found a problem with this.
The idea of this trend was to try and grab something from school that no one else would think of stealing, such as a microscope, a chair, and yes, even a staircase rail that was loose from the ground. Once schools had found out about what was occurring in their buildings, they immediately took action, as well as Tiktok.
The app banned the audio and any hashtags relating to the trend. They also banned some accounts that participated in the trend.
In my opinion, this action was not justifiable because I found no harm done. No one was physically harmed, and there were no major problems. However, there are always consequences to be faced, especially when doing something that isn’t permitted.
I found this trend quite amusing, and I must admit I let out a few laughs over the most outlandish things. A video was shown of a student stealing a desk, and I thought to myself “Why in the world would someone steal a desk, and as a matter of fact, how?” I was flabbergasted and truly shocked that people would steal these objects.
The opposing side of this debate believes that the trend was stupid and wrong, but humor is subjective. There are people who found this trend funny, and there are others who didn’t. One fact is that no one has gotten hurt from this trend. These are not craftsman thieves from the deepest layers of the underworld. They’re teenage students having a bit of too much fun.
Schools have portrayed this to be bigger than it truly was. I think it was quite amusing, and there was no major harm. The soaps will be replaced, the desks will be returned, the students will sooner or later get caught and face those consequences, and the audience will chuckle at these acts and laugh at their stupidity.