A popular rubber-band-style jewelry is the latest craze with children, but officials at one school in West Hartford said they are causing a distraction.
The friendship bracelets are made via a Rainbow Loom and children are crazy about them
At the Toy Chest in West Hartford, the shelf of these elastic do it yourself jewelry is one of the first things you see. Manager Ed Dunn said he gives three classes a week at the Toy Chest.
We sent an email out and typically within 10 minutes they're filled," Dunn said. "If you're not sitting by your computer getting the email, good luck."
The Rainbow Looms are also being called a looming nightmare by some educators. A classroom at Duffy Elementary School in West Hartford recently banned them because children were using the bracelets to signify different cliques.
The New York Post reports that Rainbow Loom bracelets are no longer allowed at the PS 87 school, which is located in the Upper West Side of the mid-Manhattan.
"My 9-year-old son, who is very athletic, has a problem. With that because he's very athletic and he thinks at recess the kids should be running around exercising and they shouldn't be doing the looms," said Betsy Hole, who is a parent in Avon. "But as soon as he gets off the bus, he's right back to the loom."
According to Fortune Magazine, by August, 1 million of the looms were sold.
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