Why schools are banning fidget spinners

Posted at 5:17 PM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 18:03:49-04

The fidget spinner gives kids something to do with their hands, but schools are banning them, saying they're a distraction. 

Business is booming at Shananigans in Roland Park, and when there's a supply of fidget spinners, it doesn't last long. 

"I've never seen anything go so fast," Flora Stelzer, owner of Shananigans Toy Shop said. "It picked up really quickly."

The rapid rise of fidget spinners, with or without the poop emoji, is eliciting a different reaction from administrators at some schools. 

Pediatrician Scott Krugman said it started as a digital distraction for kids with ADHD. 

"They're getting their energy out with their hands so they can focus on the teacher," he said. 

Now, kids who don't have ADHD decided to start spinning.

"What's surprising is that a mini-device that seems to be effective for kids with ADHD and autism is now mainstreamed," Krugman said. 

He's hoping fidget spinners might help more kids and parents become more accepting of children with issues like ADHD.