Students Are Stealing From Their Schools and Posting The Items on TikTok

The school bathroom challenge encourages students to steal fairly normal items from their schools and post about the theft on TikTok.


Sep. 14 2021, Published 9:44 a.m. ET

Trends on TikTok come in every shape and size, and some seem much more random or chaotic than others. One recent trend that has become popular on the platform is definitely reckless, but that hasn't stopped plenty of young people from taking part in it. Now, as the challenge becomes more popular, many want to know what the school bathroom challenge is on TikTok.

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What is the school bathroom challenge?

The school bathroom challenge is a trend on TikTok that sees students stealing seemingly random items from their schools. The trend started with bathroom items like soap and toilet paper dispensers, but it's since spread to objects like tiles, sinks, or even printers or computers.

Plenty of young people obviously find the bathroom challenge highly amusing, but a backlash has also been fomented against the trend.

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"To any of my followers that work at public buildings, KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR BATHROOMS! There is a TikTok prank/challenge going on where people will steal and/or sabotage things public bathrooms. Spread the word to the RESPONSIBLE," one person wrote on Twitter.

"Thanks, @tiktok_us! My middle school students now think it’s funny to remove the soap dispensers in the bathrooms for the latest 'challenge,'" another added.

Some schools have even formally warned students not to participate.

In addition to the informal backlash against the trend that has been building on social media, schools have also been taking concrete steps to warn students against participating in the challenge. In a video shared by TikTok user @drexerss, a teacher can be heard issuing a warning to her students.

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“For those that are participating, please know that when we do catch you we will discipline you to the fullest extent and you will be arrested and you will be responsible for any of the monetary damages that have been done. Again, this needs to stop," the teacher says.

“Because of the antics of a few, unfortunately, we have had to close the purple bathroom for the boys. That means the blue bathroom and the green bathroom are open for the rest of the day."

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"However, because of the antics of a few, we don’t have soap in any of the boys restrooms in blue, green or purple nor do we have any more soap dispensers so you will not be able to thoroughly wash your hands," the teacher continued. “Please make sure that everyone listens to this very clearly. When we catch you, there will be consequences. Please stop this behavior now.”

How did the school bathroom challenge start?

The school bathroom challenge began with a video posted by @dtx.2cent, who unzipped his backpack in the video to reveal a bottle of hand sanitizer. In the caption, he wrote that the theft had been a "devious lick."

Clearly, teachers and schools are taking the trend seriously, and are willing to punish students who take part. Although stealing these items from schools may seem like fun, they were put there for the benefit of the students, so stealing them doesn't really do the kids any good.

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