On Sept. 16, two arrests were made, likely in relation to the national “devious licks” TikTok trend wherein students vandalize and steal school property, mostly from restrooms, and share their conquest on the popular social media app.
According to Citrus County Sheriff’s Office arrest reports, two 15-year-old Inverness Middle School students were arrested on charges of grand theft of a fire extinguisher. The Chronicle is withholding the teens’ names due to their age.
The juveniles reportedly removed a school fire extinguisher on Sept. 15, which was permanently mounted inside the boy’s locker room. One of the students took the fire extinguisher home, permanently depriving IMS of the property.
The next day, the IMS school resource officer made contact with both juveniles in the presence of their respective parents and school administration.
According to the report, both students admitted to their involvement in the incident and were transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility.
Contact was made with the Department of Juvenile Justice, who advised they would not be accepting either student. Both boys were released to their parents.
According to Citrus County School District personnel, other students will be attending teen court in relation to the “devious licks” trend. At this time, the exact number is unknown.
CCSO encourages students who witness theft or vandalism of school property to contact their respective school resource deputy or administrator. Students may also contact CCSO and school leadership through Fortify or Campus Crime Stoppers.