By Kathy Chouteau
In his Fri., Oct. 1 community message, West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Chris Hurst warned the school community of a “Devious Licks” TikTok challenge encouraging youth “to engage in violent and destructive behavior on campus.”
According to the superintendent, the October Devious Licks challenge on Tik Tok “is to slap a teacher or a school staff member” and he said he has heard from district teachers who are concerned about students possibly engaging in this activity.
“The safety of our staff and students is our top priority and we take any possible threats very seriously,” stated Superintendent Hurst., who called it a dangerous challenge. He said he has “encouraged all staff to be vigilant, look out for one another and report any incidents of violence” and also asked parents and caregivers to talk to their students about their responsibility in having a safe learning environment.
The superintendent said in his message that since the district takes such threats so seriously, they wanted to make sure the WCCUSD community was aware of the current Tik Tok challenge.
Read Superintendent Hurst’s full community message here.