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South Jordan police warn of new TikTok challenge in schools

FILE: In this photo illustration, the TikTok app is displayed on an Apple iPhone on August 7, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo Illustration by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — Officials with the South Jordan Police Department urged parents to talk to their children about a new TikTok challenge that’s surfacing online, involving students assaulting teachers.

This comes as the city has “already experienced several cases of vandalism related to a TikTok challenge,” read a Facebook post from the police department.

In September, the “devious licks” trend was all about students filming themselves damaging school bathrooms.

Police said some of those instances were investigated, adding that those responsible were prosecuted.

But now, a new TikTok challenge has them worried.

(South Jordan Police Department)

These new posts on the social media app are recordings of students assaulting their teachers, mainly slapping them for likes and comments.

The challenge has some Utah teachers concerned for their safety.

South Jordan police said the issue has already started showing up in the city’s schools.

“This has us obviously concerned,” the Facebook post continued.

Parents were strongly encouraged to talk to their students about the challenge and discourage them from engaging in this type of behavior.

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