Fidget-spinners banned in some schools as craze sweeps the U.S.

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By: Lanetra Bennett
May 10, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The national Fidget Spinner craze has now made its way to our area.

Some Leon County schools have put a ban on the gadgets.

Julie Wolfe's kids saw Fidget Spinners and had to have them. "They were very excited. They wanted to test how fast they spun and how long they spun, compare each other's." She said.

Her kindergarten son, Ethan, said with excitement, "My Fidget Spinner glows in the dark."

Wolfe's kids won't get to show off their spinning skills at school.

"The Fidget Spinners have gone pretty much crazy on our campus." Said, Kim McFarland, the principal of Roberts Elementary School.

The mesmerizing spinner is now banned during school hours at Roberts Elementary.

Educators say the problem with Fidget Spinners is that they can be distracting.

Principal McFarland said, "We have kids that are playing with them during instruction, tossing them around the room. We've had some stolen. We've had some misplaced. We've had some broken. It's just taken away from the instruction."

"We kept saying every day well I don't know, they might ban them today. They might ban them today. Then we got the note. We knew it was coming." Wolfe said.

That's why some parents aren't even bothering "spinning" their brains deciding whether to buy them.

Rebekah Mayfield said, "I'm not going to buy them for my kids. I just think they're going to cause more problems. I need one less thing to fight about at my house."

"We knew we had to do it pretty quickly because it just went like wildfire. When one person had it, two students had it, then it was half the class had them." Principal McFarland, said.

Kids have to keep the three-pronged gadgets out of the classrooms until the fad finally winds down. Principal McFarland said students may play with their Fidget Spinners before and after school and on the school bus.

Fidget Spinners were originally marketed for kids with ADD and ADHD.
Principal McFarland says Roberts Elementary has an occupational therapist on campus for that.

By: CBS News
May 10, 2017

WAYZATA, Minn. -- A three-pronged gadget is the latest fad spinning out of control with kids.

They trade them, make them, even sell them. Fidget spinners are almost mesmerizing.

Compared to Rubik's Cubes and yo-yos, kids can't get enough of them. Millions have been sold. Eleven-year-old Athena Dorf buys them wherever she can get them.

"We like to see whose can spin the longest and we kind of have a competition about that," she said.

The challenge of tricks and twirling has generated a barrage of how-to videos on YouTube.

With its calming effect, the toy was originally designed to help kids stop fidgeting and concentrate. But like with any true fad comes a backlash.

Educators say they're becoming a dizzying classroom distraction.

"Because it's a distraction we are no longer allowing them in school and if they do bring them to school, we will take them, hold on to them and then give them back at the end of the day," said John McDonald, assistant principal at Delano Elementary School in Minnesota.

A survey of the 200 largest schools in the U.S. found fidget spinners are banned in 32 percent of them.

Even adults are getting in on the action. Joe Garritano in Wayzata, Minnesota, makes custom spinners in metal and ceramic, some selling for as much as $400. Lately his internet sales have been going through the roof.

"Someone said, 'Oh my God! I'll buy that from you,' and I made 10 more and 1,000 more, and it kind of took off," he said.

Many now are wondering if the newest fad will start to teeter or continue to twirl.

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