Student-run businesses on campus have surfaced once again at Stacey. The first was slime. Recently, it has become spinners, aka fidgets. But what is with these bans?
Primarily, the Westminster School District expressly prohibits students from running a business of any kind on any of the district’s campuses. So there is that.
Also, according to the morning announcements, kids were hiding slime under desks where it stuck damaging the property. Slime can also be too sticky leading to kids with messy hands. These messy hands touch Chromebooks, pencils, paper, and desks, also ruining the property.
Along with slime being a burden to teachers, kids have been getting injured while making slime from the chemical that activates it. Borax, the common activator of slime, can lead to first degree burns when handled without proper care and adult supervision.
“I understand that slime made a mess and was a distraction,” says Ellie Atkins, a previous slime seller. She said that kids were irresponsible with it so it was a hassle.
The spinners or “fidgets” also aren’t allowed due to students selling them and the fact that they too have been causing distractions in classrooms.
A sixth-grade student named Griffin Soto says he doesn’t play with fidgets that often, and doesn’t care for the ban.
All in all, slime and fidgets were just too big of a distraction for Stacey students and needed to be banned. What will the kids do now for fun? The answer still remains a mystery.