Midland ISD warning students against stealing fire extinguishers, sinks as part of viral video challenge

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 10:23 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2021 at 5:16 PM CDT
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - A social media challenge that has gone viral on TikTok now has Midland ISD warning students of the serious consequences they’ll face if they’re caught participating.

It’s called the “Bathroom Challenge,” a trend where students vandalize school bathrooms.

Hygiene supplies aren’t the only things that have gone missing at Midland schools.

“Items that have gone missing include fire extinguishers, fire flashers which are a visual indication for the hearing impaired, or emergency exit signs,” said Elana Ladd, Chief Communications Officer for MISD.

Ladd says the district has received several reports of the challenge happening at its secondary campuses and has opened investigations into the thefts.

Serious actions will be taken against students who are found guilty.

“Students who are caught removing items like this from school cannot only face potential criminal charges but also disciplinary consequences like suspension and removal from their campus to an alternative campus,” Ladd said.

Students who have information about the thefts can call Crime Stoppers at 432-694-TIPS or use the mobile app P3 TIPS.

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