TikTok’s ‘devious licks’ challenge countered by new ‘angelic yields’ trend

On Monday, we heard from the PBS NewsHour's Student Reporting Labs about the TikTok trend “devious licks” — videos of students stealing or vandalizing school property. Now, a counter-response has emerged. Dubbed “angelic yields,” these TikTok videos encourage students to replace stolen items or do kind acts to improve their school. Here's the latest from the Student Reporting Labs.

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  • Amna Nawaz:

    On Monday, we heard from our Student Reporting Labs about the TikTok trend Devious Licks, videos of students stealing or vandalizing school bathrooms or other property.

    Now a counter-response has emerged. It's called Angelic Yields. And, in these TikTok videos, students replace stolen items or do kind acts to improve their school.

    Here's more from our Student Reporting Labs.

  • Damya Thorton, Student:

    Some girls are putting inspirational, inspiring quotes on the doors and on the walls, as well as putting emergency kits in the bathrooms with sanitary items, combs, and hair ties.

  • Kyle Jerome, StudentDamya Thorton, Student:

    They're leaving scented hand soap on the sinks in the bathrooms, or, like, they will put toilet paper, stuff like that.

  • Jacob James, Student:

    I have seen people going as far as taking couches and TVs in them and putting candles to just leaving soap and maybe a little bit of money in there.

  • Nicholas Delacruz, Student:

    I think those are funnier, in my opinion, because it's like — there's one where they put Clorox wipes on every sink, and then they had — they refilled the soap, and they had a table and they were playing checkers, and they had like classical music with candles.

  • Christopher Tineo, Student, Student:

    It makes me feel happy that kids are actually returning stolen goods and helping other kids or, like, helping out the school.

  • Kassandra Reno, Student:

    Now that I have heard about this Angelic Yields thing, I will, of course, within the next week be participating.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    And the kids are all right.

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