The Great Silly Bandz School Ban

In our childhoods, it was Pogs, Tamagotchis, and snap bracelets. And maybe grown-ups didn’t like them, but we never got them taken away. Today’s youth is on a new trend kick with a company called Silly Bandz, which manufactures rubber band bracelets. (Man, we feel out of touch.) The colorful accessories are popular with the kiddies because they’re cheap at about $5 a pack, and make for fun trading with classmates. However, Silly Bandz are apparently terrorizing schools, reports Time.

“Students fiddle with them during class and arrange swaps — trading, say, a bracelet with a mermaid for one with a dragon — when they should be concentrating on schoolwork, teachers say. Sometimes a trade goes bad — kids get buyer’s remorse too — and hard feelings, maybe even scuffles, ensue.”

As a result, schools in over four states have placed a ban on the bracelets. Probably just as well. They kind of remind us of the multicolor rave accessories we once briefly adorned our wrists and necks with. Shudder. [Time]