Schools Are Saying No to Silly Bandz

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Denver area schools are banning little rubber bracelets known as "Silly Bandz." Credit: Alan Diaz, AP

Silly Bandz may make kids giddy, but schools are frowning on the trendy plastic bracelets.

And, increasingly, administrators nationwide are telling students to keep their Silly Bandz at home.

The Denver Post reports that at least three middle schools and several elementary schools in the Denver area have banned the bands. And, according to Time magazine, schools in New York, Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, Alabama and North Carolina are also saying no to the rubber bracelets.

The problem with the bands that bend into different shapes -- from dinosaurs to letters to princess themes to Justin Beiber forms? They're a big distraction.

ParentDish received a letter sent home to parents of one kindergarten class at another school in the Denver Public School district, that reads in part: "I'd like your child to keep the Silly Bandz at home. Every day they seem to be a problem. ... Children are chewing on them, putting them around their necks, shoes, legs and fingers. They are using them as sling shots. Child #1 'gives' a band to child #2 and then child #1 wants it back later on in the day but child #2 refuses to give it back and then child #1 cries and cries."

Jonathan Wolfer, principal of Douglass Elementary School in Boulder, tells the Post kids were more preoccupied with trading Silly Bandz than with what the teacher was teaching.

"We decided at a faculty meeting at the end of August, " he tells the newspaper. "We had a consistent message that we have an electronics policy, where we ask kids to leave their iPods and cellphones at home, and we rolled the Silly Bandz into the same policy."

While school administrators may be fed up, one sector that's definitely grinning over the Silly Bandz craze is retail.

Diana Nelson, owner of Kazoo and Company toy store in Denver, tells the Post she's selling between 20 and 25 sacks of Silly Bandz a day, at about $5 for 24 bands.

"I knew we had to order them," she tells the Post. "If you wait, you can't get the product. They are hard to keep in stock. ... It's an affordable, quick gift, in this economy."

Related: British School Bans Valentine's Day Cards

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