School warns it will destroy students' fidget spinners

NZ 09/06/2017

One Southland school has put a warning out to their students about bringing fidget spinners to school.

Waverly Park School in Invercargill released a newsletter last week saying any fidget spinners found at school would be confiscated and held at the mercy of one "lucky staff member."

"As of Tuesday 6 June, any 'fidget spinner' on the school's property will become the school's property, up until it is totally destroyed by the lucky staff member whose name will [be] drawn from a hat," the newsletter read.

The school says the "definitive reaction" is because they have reached their "collective tipping-point with frequent and multiple interruptions to learning.

"[This is] caused by: off-task fidget spinner owners, fidget spinner 'losses', fidget spinner thefts, hunts for lost fidget spinners, "found" fidget spinners disputes over 'found' fidget spinners, and the odd attempt at the on-selling of 'found' fidget spinners!"

It could be dark times for fidget spinner owners at the school with a final warning that "no correspondence will be entered into" if they are confiscated, meaning negotiations will be off the table for those caught with the popular toy.

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However principals and teachers around the country are becoming increasingly concerned about the latest international toy craze that's reached our shores.

Fidget spinners which are a hand-held toy consisting of a bearing in the centre of a three-pronged device, and held by two fingers and spun, are among the 20 most-popular toys being sold on Amazon.

In May, Principals' Federation national president Whetu Cormick agreed they look more like a distraction.

"Every school has its own policy or procedure around bringing toys into the school, and it would be a surprise to me if teachers and school managers would allow such toys in the classroom because they would just cause a distraction to the learning process," he said.

"I personally see no benefit of such devices being at school or in the classroom."