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Fidget Products Should be Banned from Schools

Jade Miracle, Staff

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Fidget spinners, fidget cubes, putty, and everything like it, were originally made for kids with ADHD, who have to constantly be in motion, but now these products have been popular with kids who don’t have ADHD, and now are labeled as a toy. Most kids will pull out a fidget spinner in class and are easily distracted by it, also distracting other students around them.

 Students, can also forget these items in the classroom if they leave in a rush, putty will most likely end up on a floor, or stuck to a computer, fidget cubes or spinners can be forgotten under or on desks than found and taken by another student.


“No, fidget spinners should not be banned  because some kids have ADHD need them for stress and to be in constant motion, if they are a distraction they should be taken away.” Alex Heckle, a student with ADHD, said.


So if they are a distraction, why aren’t they being taken away? Students are more likely to pull it out when the teacher is out of the room, or at their desk grading papers, students will also try to hide the fidget under their desk. When the teacher returns to the room, or starts to talk to the class, then it goes back in their backpack.


If the fidgets are designed for kids with ADHD, than why are they on Amazon, and sites like it, and not only where people with ADHD can get one?


 “As a scientist, I don’t get the science behind fidget spinners, and until someone proves to me what the science is behind them, I will allow them in my classroom,”  Corey Sicard, a 7th grade science teacher on team Snowmass, said. Snowmass has already banned students on the team from using them in the classroom. Mr.Sicard has already had to take 9 fidgets away from students in his class.


“I have no problem with people using fidget spinners in the classroom at appropriate times,”  Melissa McVoy, the health teacher on team Wolf Creek, said. “I’ve had to take away about 5-6 fidgets, but I’ve had to tell more then 5 or 6 to put them away.”


Fidget Spinners should be taken away if they are a distraction, and schools should only allow kids with ADHD to have these and products like them.


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6 Responses to “Fidget Products Should be Banned from Schools”

  1. Mr. Paltzer on April 12th, 2017 12:10 pm

    I found your article while doing a google search for these spinners. They have just started to show up in large numbers in our middle school in central Wisconsin. I was looking for any information on how to possibly incorporate the spinners into my physics curriculum. The gyro effect is one obvious demonstration, as would be working with rolling friction. I’d be curious if anyone in your science dept. has come up with any other ideas. We have taken to calling them “Fidget Widgets”, as it seems to be a catchy name. Just my 2 cents worth. Any ideas for me?


    Josh Hoekendorf Reply:

    Sorry about getting back to you so late Mr. Paltzer. I’m not very well educated on the gyro effect, nor’ am I with rolling friction. I’ll make sure that I talk to the teachers in our department about a “Fidget Widget” experiment, and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can.
    Josh Hoekendorf
    Editor in Chief


  2. husky on April 27th, 2017 12:50 pm

    they are used for anxiety relief such as their other products.


    my name isn't bob Reply:

    Yes, but kids treat them like toys. They are collected and traded, like Pokémon cards. Those irresponsible kids are annoying towards the people who want to keep them for help.


  3. my name isn't bob on May 1st, 2017 8:16 pm

    I believe that spinners are NOT helping people focus. I see kids who bring them to class each and every day. And the patterns they make are more eye catching, making people distracted. And I can’t stand the whispers of; ‘Can I see your spinner?’ And I feel worse for people with ADHD and Autism. The things made to help them focus are being confisticated because people use them like toys. They’re the absolute worst. The trading to the ‘whrrrrr


    my name isn't bob Reply:

    I meant to finish it, I pressed the wrong button.
    The trading to the whirring to the gasps of PURE AMAZMENT BECAUSE LITTLE BILLY IS SPINNING A PIECE OF PLASTIC ON HIS NOSE! The cubes, I don’t mind. They’re helpful, for they don’t make lots of noises. They don’t require as much as a quick glimpse to make sure it’s there and one hand. Kids can use their non dominant hand to fidget and use their elbow to hold their paper steady, while using their writing hand to write. The cubes are smaller, quieter, and less distracting compared to the bigger, eye catching, and noisy fidget spinners. The cubes can be used with a hand in a desk, while the spinners cannot be as easily shielded.


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