Pittsburg schools sound alarm on “Devious lick” TikTok challenge

PITTSBURG, Kan. – We can probably all agree we did some questionable things in our youth. But now, a TikTok challenge is encouraging kids to do something that could follow them later in life.

“It’s turning into something really destructive now,” says Crawford County Sheriff Danny Smith.

The “Devious Lick” challenge on TikTok has come to area schools. Students take part in the challenge by vandalizing or stealing school property and then posting a video of what they did to social media for views.

“We have seen some vandalism and small theft in the building,” says Pittsburg Community Middle School Principal Laura Earl.

It’s a trend they started seeing in Pittsburg schools last week, and they say it’s happening across the district. While they can’t say for sure that it’s because of the trend, the timing is suspicious, and the items that are being stolen are inexpensive and small.

“It’s more for the act of stealing it for the social media post than trying to get a large item,” says Earl.

While that may be the case, Sheriff Smith says he’s seen it become more serious — with students in schools across the country stealing fire extinguishers, sinks, computers, and more.

“Honestly it’s criminal damage of property,” explains Smith. “If the schools decide they need to contact law enforcement, then you have two things you have to deal with. You’re gonna get consequences from the school, and then potentially you could have criminal charges because of a silly challenge.”

Earl explains the district has sent letters to parents, asking them to talk to their students about vandalism, theft, and peer pressure to keep things from getting any worse. That full letter is below:

“Parents and Guardians,

I am writing to you today to inform you of a concerning issue that we see on social media. We are beginning to see disturbing trends that are perpetuated by social media platforms such as Tik Tok, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. Most recently, there is a social media challenge nationwide encouraging students to vandalize their school bathrooms and/or steal items from their classrooms. Students film themselves engaging in these acts and post them to the various sites.  Because of this viral trend, we have had incidents of theft and vandalism happening throughout the district. We do not know whether or not these incidents are the result of the social media videos encouraging such behavior, but we find it problematic that we have seen this type of activity while it is being perpetuated online. We encourage you to talk with your students about their use of social media, and appropriate behaviors while at school.

Our buildings are meant to be a safe, clean space for our students and staff and the destruction and theft of school property will not be tolerated. There will be consequences for students who choose to engage in this behavior and can include the involvement of law enforcement.

We appreciate your support and encourage you to discuss your child’s social media accounts and the adverse effects of peer pressure that are often promoted by these platforms.”

Earl also says some students have returned what they swiped, explaining they weren’t aware of how serious it was.

“(We want to) help them understand that social media fads can have real-life consequences,” says Earl. “But it’s not about punishment, it’s about teaching them a lifelong lesson.”

TikTok has removed videos tagged with the “Devious Lick” hashtag from the platform.


Doris E. Shaunce

Doris E. Shaunce, 92, passed away on September 11, 2021 at her home in Neosho, Missouri.

Doris was born on September 12, 1928 in Carthage, Missouri to George and Alta “Ullum” Brown. She was born and raised in Carthage. She was a loving wife and mother who dedicated her life to her family.

Doris was united in marriage to Robert L. Shaunce on April of 1947 in Carthage; he preceded her in death on January 12, 2004.

Doris is survived by her daughter Nancy Earlene Woodrum and her husband James of Neosho; three grandchildren Brad Matlock of Clinton, Missouri, Dawn Light of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Teresa Matlock of Clinton, Missouri; three great-grandchildren Sammi, Cody, and Brittany; and 4 great-great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Robert L. Shaunce; her daughter Robyn Matlock; and her son-in-law James Matlock; seven sisters and three brothers.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 pm on Friday, September 17, 2021 at the Ulmer Funeral Home in Carthage, Missouri with cremation to follow.

Online condolences may be made at ulmerfh.com.

Contributions can be made to Children’s Miracle Network or the Make a Wish Foundation in care of Ulmer Funeral Home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.


4-staters could see fewer COVID-19 home tests on the shelves

Webb City, Mo. – Until very recently, people looking for at-home COVID-19 testing kits could go to Stone’s Corner Pharmacy in Webb City.

“We have had them up until last week even. But right now it doesn’t appear to be available,” says Chad Isaacs, Owner of Stone’s Corner Pharmacy.

Self-administered rapid COVID-19 testing kits have been on store shelves for a few months. But now, as the delta variant moves through people throughout the country and testing requirements at airports and colleges increase, they are getting harder to find on store shelves.

In an article by The Wall Street Journal, Abbott Laboratories, the company that makes the popular BinaxNOW testing kit, says it expects supplies of its at-home test to be limited for a few weeks, as it hires more workers and reboots factories that slowed down production in the summer.

“We even searched online at some places that we wouldn’t typically use,” says Isaacs.

What customers can find in stores and pharmacies in the Joplin area differs quite a bit, with some stores like Walgreens in Webb City having several testing kits, but the Walmart in Carthage being completely out.

One upside to the increase in demand though is that people are testing for COVID-19.

“I think it shows that people are interested in knowing, you know, whether they’re positive or not. Which is obviously a good thing,” says Crawford County Health Department Director Teddi Van Kam.

But, there are a few things that Van Kam would like residents to keep in mind if they chose to use an at-home kit, especially if that test comes back positive. The first of which is to follow up with your doctor.

“Especially if they are having symptoms, they may want to get treatment… they may need to get treatment. The monoclonal antibody treatment ’cause that’s been such a benefit to people,” says Van Kam. “I think that’s something extremely important for them to think about.”

She also says that if a result comes back positive, you should follow up with your local health department or healthcare provider to get a PCR test. There are a few reasons for that. First, some places that ask for proof of a negative test may not accept some of the at-home tests that are available. Van Kam recommends asking if at-home tests are accepted as proof before purchasing a testing kit.

Second, at least in Kansas, the state doesn’t recognize results from a positive home test as proof of the previous infection. What that means is, if you used a home test to detect your first infection and didn’t follow up… and then were a close contact again, you would not be able to undergo a modified quarantine period.

“Once you have the disease, that’s how the health department would look at it. We treat them the same way as if they were fully vaccinated,” says Van Kam.

She also says that tests performed by healthcare providers in Kansas are still free. Access Family Care in Joplin also offers rapid testing, which is covered by insurance.


Anna J. Glavin

Joplin, MO- Anna J. Glavin, age 77, a homemaker, died Saturday August 28, 2021 at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, MO. Arrangements are by Midland Cremation Society of Joplin.


“Veteran Dream Flight” grounded, family honored

Pittsburg, Kan. – World War Two veteran William Bell was supposed to take a “Veteran’s Dream Flight” from Pittsburg’s airport. A hip injury grounded his flight – but his family was still able to check out the WWII-era plane.

Bell’s son signed the plane’s rutter with his father’s name.



Poll finds 'Jeopardy!' fans overwhelmingly wanted LeVar Burton, not Mike Richards to host

(NEXSTAR) – If it was up to “Jeopardy!” viewers, LeVar Burton would have been chosen to succeed Alex Trebek as the game show’s host, a new poll found.

The 64-year-old “Star Trek” actor received 14% of the votes, with just 3% throwing their support behind new host Mike Richards, Morning Consult found. In second place was actress Mayim Bialik with 13%.

Last week Sony Pictures Television announced that Richards, the show’s executive producer, would become the new host, with Bialik taking the over during primetime and spin-off “Jeopardy!” specials, including the upcoming “Jeopardy! National College Championship.”

The decision came after months of try outs by well known guest hosts, from legendary contestant Ken Jennings to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Morning Consult poll found that 12% backed Jennings to be the next host.

Burton, who captured millions of children’s hearts as the longtime host of “Reading Rainbow,” got a shot at the job after more than 260,000 hopeful fans signed a petition to make him the new host of “Jeopardy!” The show’s ratings sagged during his try-out period, however, which coincided with the start of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

While Richards may not be as well known as many of the hosts who tried out, he’s not new to the lead role. His resume includes hosting “The Pyramid” and “Beauty and the Geek,” as well as serving as executive producer of “The Price Is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal.”

Alex Trebek hosted “Jeopardy!” for more than 36 years before his death in November at age 80 following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.