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Fidget spinners cause more concern after 10 year-old nearly chokes

One Texas mother posted a cautionary tale to Facebook about her ten-year-old daughter who nearly choked on a piece of the popular toy. (Courtesy of Kelly Rose Joniec)

Harmful or helpful? Fidget spinners are meant to help kids with focus problems. But some say they are distracting and dangerous.

“It’s a fidget tool for kids who like to use their hands a lot, who’re always wanting to touch something, who maybe feel like they can’t focus on any new material or any lecture,” said Tristyn Day, who is a permanent substitute teacher at Fannin Middle School. “Having [a fidget spinner] in their hands sort of just helps solve that problem. If their hands are busy, in theory, they can focus their attention on something productive like a school lesson.”

What started as a learning tool has turned into one of the biggest trends among school-aged kids who use them as a toy.

“Whenever they first came out we were selling 50 a day,” said Jessica Heckman, a sales associate at Once Upon a Child. “People come in and buy six or seven at a time. We’ve had to restock them over and over. We sold out in 24 hours the first two shipments we got in.”

Some schools have gone as far as to ban them completely.

“When every child has a fidget spinner in the classroom, it is distracting to the students and to the teachers,” said Day.

One Texas mother posted a cautionary tale to Facebook about her ten-year-old daughter who nearly choked on a piece of the popular toy.

“We have heard of the little bearings falling out of some of them but we haven’t really had too many people concerned with their kids choking on them,” said Heckman. “Hopefully if they have the fidget spinners they’re old enough to be safe with them.”

Day said the trend started small with one or two kids and grew to where nearly every student in a classroom has one.

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