In a letter asking parents to discuss respect for school property and staff, RRISD stated that two stink bomb incidents resulting in school evacuations and mandatory gas line testing cost the district $10,000, in addition to soap and paper towel dispensers which were stolen as part of the viral "devious licks" challenge. Other stolen and vandalized school property has resulted in additional expense and staff hours to cleaning and repairs, although the dollar amount associated was not disclosed.
The next viral challenge slated for October, according to the district, is slapping staff members.
"We are asking our parents and guardians to please have conversations with your students (and encourage students to have conversations with their peers) about the disruptive nature of these challenges and the disciplinary consequences and potential criminal charges that could result," the statement from the school district reads. "For example, slapping a school district staff member, whether in the face or on any part of their body, is a criminal offense and considered an assault on a public servant, a third-degree felony."
Parents are asked to "talk to students and peers about respecting school staff, fellow students and school property," the release states.