Friday - May 19, 2017 2:41 am

Fidget spinners everywhere but one teacher just as soon students use a pencil

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A 10-year-old had piece lodged in throat.

It's a new toy aimed to help students concentrate. Fidget spinners are gaining in popularity across the country.

It was originally marketed to help students with attention deficit disorder. Now, however, that's not always the case.

"I typically don't give them too many warnings because I can tell pretty quick, as an educator, if they actually are using them for the right purposes or not," Rachel Rockwell, a sixth-grade teacher at Logan Middle School said. "And really, I want to instill in the students, since this is the middle school level, to really self regulate."

Rockwell added that she has seen the devices work but would just as soon they fidget naturally, apparently.

"Often times students will even use their pencil or even tap their fingers on their desk, and that kind of serves the same purpose." she said. "But for me, I want to use what's most natural in every single setting, instead of always relying on a certain object or certain toy."

In Texas, a 10-year-old student was rushed to the hospital recently because a piece broke off and became dislodged in her throat.

Drew Kelly

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