The popularity of the rainbow loom bracelet has been their downfall, according to local news sources on Monday. The latest school district to enforce a ban on the colorful bracelet is P.S. 87, an Upper West Side elementary school in New York.
Principal Suzan Federici said making and trading of the jewelry during class was distracting, and fights were erupting on the playground over the bracelets. In a letter sent home with students explaining the ban, parents were informed that any child caught with one of the kits had to hand it over to a teacher.
The distraction created by children making the bracelets in class resulted in the principal of Yalesville Elementary School in Wallingford, Conn. banning students from making the bracelets during school hours. Students at may wear the bracelets to school, but they are not allowed to bring the looms to school.
The private Greenwich County Day school, also in Connecticut, has banned the colorful bracelet, calling them a distraction to students. Many parents at all the schools complained that the bans were too harsh, pointing out the schools were stifling the children's creativity. One mother at P.S. 87, Lisa Green, complained that,
"They’re not dangerous, they’re not inappropriate. Are we going to ban everything that distracts the children?”
It is apparent that many parents are missing the point of the ban on this latest fad. They are forgetting that it's not the jewelry that is at fault, but the fact that children are not paying attention to teachers or their classwork.
Rainbow loom bracelets hit the market place a few months ago, the creation of Choon Ng, a Michigan father of two teen-aged daughters. Choon Ng says the rubber-band bracelets started out as a family project, and took off from there.
Since the loom kit has been picked up by craft and toy stores like Michaels and Toys-R-Us, over a million kits have been sold. The kits, which contain a loom, a crochet hook and multi-colored rubber bands, costs about $16-$19. A bag of 600 refill rubber bands costs in the neighborhood of $5.00.