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.
Just last month, a viral theme on the social media platform TikTok led to widespread damage in schools across the country. Known as the “devious licks” challenge, it encouraged students to record themselves stealing or vandalizing school property, then posting the video online. Our Student Reporting Labs network asked young people and school staff about its effects on school communities.
October 11 is the International Day of the Girl. Tonight, we hear from one girl, a young Afghan poet, who left her country a few years ago with her family for security reasons. Aryan Ashory now lives in a refugee settlement in Germany, and shared her thoughts and writing with the NewsHour’s Student Reporting Lab as part of our arts and culture series, CANVAS.
The US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited multiple places in Wisconsin to highlight schools safely returning to in-person instruction. Some PBS Newshour Student Reporting Labs students from Black River Falls High School were able to speak with Cardona for an interview.