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Crocs and Roller Sneakers and Wheelies, Oh My!

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

A Rainbow of Crocs

I've been reading lately that some schools are banning roller sneakers and Crocs. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, roller sneakers contributed to about 1,600 kids' ER visits in 2006 (the most recent data available on this) and school officials say Crocs can easily slip off and injure kids when they run at recess or play games in gym class.

Another item that is getting the evil eye in some schools is wheeled book bags/wheeled backbacks. Children often struggle to maneuver them through crowded school hallways, and other kids may trip over them, causing them to be banned.

Banning Crocs and roller sneakers? I can understand that. But I always thought of wheeled book bags as a good thing, as opposed to often-overloaded backpacks that can be too heavy for young kids. In fact I've written health-column items on backpacks in the past, and several doctors have said they prefer to see kids with the wheeled version. (Granted, it's best if the kids don't mow each other down in the hallways with them!)

What's on the banned list at your school? And what are your thoughts on Crocs, wheeled backpacks and roller sneakers?