Schools address fidget spinners

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FLUSHING (WJRT) - (05/01/17) - Flushing's Central Elementary principal Rob Steinhaus tells us more and more students are getting a hold of the fidget spinners; and he says, it's becoming difficult determining which students actually need them to focus and which students aren't using them properly.

"Fidget spinners have become the next latest and greatest fad, and so we've done what we can to curb them, but also be respectful of students that need them for accommodations or to help them with ADHD or anxiety,” Steinhaus said.

Steinhaus addressed the issue with the students on Friday, saying the teachers are in charge of how they want to handle the fidget spinners in their classrooms. He made it clear the gadgets are not to be bought, sold or traded on school property.

Sixth grade teacher Tina Shilling tells ABC12 News she understands they can be helpful for some students, but because everyone has one, they're becoming a distraction.

No matter who you are, you cannot have the fidget spinner out when she's instructing.

"I don't care who you are, if I'm teaching, you have to put those away. If you should be doing something and you're not, it's going to be put away. So it's a blanket statement,” she said.

The Grand Blanc School District says they're also monitoring students’ use.

There's no concrete policy across the district, but teachers are addressing issues as they arise. Many are warning students ahead of class if they see them out, they'll confiscate them, but the deputy superintendent tells us they do understand if students with special circumstances are using them for their intended purposes.

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