SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KCAU) — More than a third of TikTok users are between ten and nineteen years old, according to Business Insider. This young demographic has caused a wave of disruptive and sometimes even criminal behavior to become popular and these trends have made their way to Siouxland schools.
In September, it was the “devious lick”, a challenge that encouraged kids to steal or break school property usually in restrooms. Now in October, the new challenge may sound even more absurd: “Slap a Teacher.”
Because of this, South Sioux City High School Principal Dave Clausen sent a memo to parents stating that if this were to occur, it would be considered assault and would warrant law enforcement getting involved.
Despite a few incidents happening at South Sioux’s middle school, Clausen says it’s a small minority who’s causing the chaos.
“We have over 1,200 kids, or 1,100 kids in our building. My experience has always been there’s always a small population of people that sometimes don’t follow the rules. The majority of people do the right thing, doing what they’re expected of,” said Clausen.
A possible reason why South Sioux City’s environment hasn’t gone out of control is due to the student leadership evolving, including at Student Council and a newly formed “Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness” Alliance group to help students have a voice and bring the student body closer together.
Senior Marco Alvardo is the class president and he says he’s using his leadership talents to be a role model for younger kids.
I think if we can stop the TikToks and all that and show how great we can be, they’re gonna want to be like us,” said Alvardo.
Senior Ian Santana had a similar message to his younger peers.
“Just don’t be stupid. If you’re already doing it, I think you should stop because you can either get, like, a fine or just get in big, real trouble,” said Santana.
“You don’t wanna have a record on your high school days,” said Alvardo.
Clausen said parents should talk to their kids about how inappropriate and serious these acts can be.