As near as we can figure, it all began on September 1 when a TikTok user posted a video of a box of disposable masks he had stolen from his high school. The hashtag was “absolutely devious lick.” The youths responded to the clarion cry. Stolen hand sanitizer followed. Then the soap dispensers went. After the thefts from the schools, the young people turned to vandalizing bathrooms in their schools. The families of those who were caught had to pay for the damage. There was a TikTok response to a video of a school administrator “finger-wagging.” The response? “Don’t get caught. But keep doing it, cause it’s even funnier now.” There are 7.2 million views on these videos of damage.
Teenagers must teenage. And after over a year of lock-downs, their rebelliousness is not surprising. Jolly antics are one thing — just a part of growing up. Theft and vandalism cross the line. Where are the social media censors when you need them?