TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — A new disturbing social media trend on TikTok involves students stealing or vandalizing their school bathroom and uploading the videos.
It's a problem here in Oklahoma, too.
Assistant Principal Megan Jackson at Jenks Middle School guestimates 20 incidents since the start of the school year, including three at the start of the school day when we spoke with her.
"When it's happening so rapidly and across the building, it's getting hard to manage," Jackson said.
She says all sorts of things are getting swiped like soap dispensers ripped from the wall. She says they've found trash in the toilets and clogged up sinks.
In one incident, a $350 device used to connect laptops to projectors was stolen from a teacher's classroom and found in the toilet.
They have tracked down some of the kids responsible, but say it's challenging to investigate when it's happening in the bathroom, where they don't have cameras.
They are looking through sign-out sheets in the classrooms and hall cameras. Officials also want parents to have a talk with their children and be involved in their social media.
Jackson says students face in-school or out-of-school suspension and may possibly be responsible for paying for the stolen or damaged items.
Jenks is not an isolated incident in Oklahoma. Our sister station in Oklahoma City reported several schools dealing with the same issue in Norman, Edmond, Oklahoma City, and Moore Public Schools.