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16 Ridiculous Things Banned in Schools Around the World

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When it comes to teaching the next generation of students, there’s a long line of history of certain objects that are banned from schools.

Teachers have been around since the earliest civilizations, however, the natural predilection of children finding ways to goof around has surely been around for just as long.

The following 16 things have been banned from schools for one reason or another. Sometimes the reasons are very sound indeed.  

1) Facebook: A Jewish school for girls in NYC has banned the use of Facebook in their schools. The teachers think that the website invites inappropriate behavior.

2) Best Friends: A small school in south-west London, England has banned their students from becoming best friends with anyone because if those friendships end it could be traumatic for the kids.

3) Leggings/Jeggings: The stretchy comfortable material has been banned from several schools across the U.S. The grounds for banning these clothes are that they are not appropriate outfits for young teenagers who are learning to become adults.

objects that are banned from schools

4) Hugging: In an effort to teach the children at a Northampton school personal space and boundaries respect has banned hugging from in the building. This decision has been met with some controversy with the children’s parents.

5) LOL, WTF, and Other Acronyms: A school in South Yorkshire in the UK has banned their students from using acronyms like “LOL” and “HIYA” noting that all student bodies must use proper English when communicating with their teachers and each other.

6) Tag: Believe it or not, this legendary game has been banned from some U.S. schools due to the physical and sometimes emotional turmoil they cause children, but isn’t that the point?

7) Toilet Paper Tubes: Unsurprising, some schools in the United Kingdom have banned the use of toilet paper tubes in fear of them spreading germs or bacteria to the children. Luckily, you can still use paper towel tubes.

8) Shorts For Boys: A school in Britain declared that shorts for boys were banned, and boys should be forced to wear pants. There is, however, no ban on wearing skirts. The boys protested by wearing skirts, causing a change in the dress code to allow shorts.

9) Birthday Party Invitations: In an effort to make everyone feel included and to put a stop to exclusive behavior, birthday party invitations are not to be handed out unless everyone in the class is invited, which is actually a great idea!

10) Fidget Spinners: The device originally designed for ADHD sufferers, has quickly become a must-have sensation. However, signs that this addictive device is not selling as much as they used to have already begun. The toys were considered to be too distracting in the classroom and thus they were banned from several schools.

11) Dodgeball: This action-packed game with a rubber ball has been banned in some U.S. schools for it will sometimes make students too aggressive and unsafe.

12) Uggs: Believe it or not these fashionable boots are the perfect way to hide cell phones in the classroom. Girls would hide them inside the boots and use them in classrooms. Thus they were banned in some schools.

13) Red Ink: A British school has actually banned their teachers from marking their tests with the fateful red ink. The school feels the use of red ink is too intimidating or stressful. 

14) Hoodies: A school in Connecticut has banned the use of hoodies because students were using them to hide their cellphones during class. The large front pocket on the sweaters is a perfect hiding spot.

15) Snowball Fights: Many different schools across North America and the United Kingdom have banned snowball fights on the school to ensure safety to all the children. Sometimes snowballs can contain pebbles, ice shards, or debris.

16) Rubber Bands: Quite possibly the first classroom distraction, rubber bands have been banned from use by students across the U.S. for their extremely distracting nature.


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