Silly bandz banned by schools and could even be harmful to kids’ health according to doctors

Silly Bandz are the latest in a long list of kid-centric fads and have long been causing quite a distraction in schools across the country.

In case you don’t know what they are – they’re those stretchy, very colorful bracelets that school kids wear up their entire forearms.

The bandz are now contraband and blacklisted in schools in many states, including New York, Massachusetts, Florida and Texas.

Over 800 kids at a Raleigh, NC school were mandated to leave their bandz collections at home.

The bandz which retail for $5 per pack of 24 are causing a major distraction with kids playing with them and swapping and selling them during class. It’s been reported that when a bandz trade goes bad kids even get into arguments.

Kids trade them and try to out-do each other by seeing who can collect the most. In fact, the more a child wears, the higher their social status on the playground.

Kids deserve to have freedom of expression in what they wear but when it interferes with learning in the classroom, schools had to take a stand.

Additionally, both Dr. Manny and Dr. Gregory Simonian, chief of endovascular surgery and director of the Heart Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, feel that whether it’s tight bracelets or a ring on your finger, anything that is constricting could cause vascular insufficiency—meaning the blood flow is being altered by some external force. In this case, it’s the new, hip rubber bracelets,” Simonian said.

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