Silly Bandz: The Latest & Greatest Fad Now Banned In Some Schools

They are stretchy, colorful and come in a variety of crazy and fun shapes. Silly Bandz are the latest in a very long list of kid’s fads and have joined the likes of the Cabbage Patch Kids, Beanie Babies, Pokémon cards and Crocs, Silly Bandz have become so popular that they are becoming a distraction and have actually been banned from elementary schools! Time Magazine reported that last week, 800 kids at an elementary school in Raleigh, N.C., were told to leave their rubber band bracelet collections at home and New York schools are now following suit.

“It’s a distraction,” says Jill Wolborsky, a fourth-grade teacher at my son’s school, who banned them from her classroom before the principal implemented a school wide ban. One student even stole a confiscated Bandz from her desk, choosing them over the cash in her drawer!

Fiddling during class, arranging swaps that sometimes go “wrong” are just some of the problems these bracelets are causing.

That’s what prompted Karen White, principal of Snow Rogers Elementary School in Gardendale, Ala., in October to become one of the first administrators to forbid students their Bandz. “We try not to limit their freedom of expression and what they wear, but when this became a problem, I knew we had to nip it in the bud pretty quickly,” says White, who has since extended an olive branch in the form of monthly Silly Bandz days.

Wow! Who would have thought a stretchy silicone bracelet would cause such a stir? To check out these bracelets visit SillyBandz.com.