The 1990s Toys That Our Teachers Banned

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Vote up all the '90s toys that got confiscated at your school.

School was a place to learn, a place to socialize, and a place to hop on the latest gadget and toy trends and desperately hide those things in our desks when we continued to bring them to school even after they were banned. It was truly a game of chicken: the principal and teachers laying down their edict that the latest craze would no longer be tolerated, and the students pushing to see how far the authority would bend.

Many of our most beloved toys ended up as causalities of this war, locked forever in the teacher's filing cabinet - or at least until the end of the semester.

The wave of a cool trend usually followed the same current. A few trendsetting kids show up with something cool, it soon becomes a hot craze in classrooms and on the playground, and it is swiftly banned and confiscated on sight. The pattern may have been the same, but each toy, gadget, and craze was its own special memory.

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  • 1
    268 VOTES

    Laser Pointer

    Comedy peaked the moment a red laser dot shone on the teacher's back. Laser pointers are not welcomed at school.

    268 votes
  • 2
    214 VOTES

    Game Boy

    Only rich kids brought Game Boys to school. Everyone knew they would get confiscated, but rich kids probably had a Game Gear or something at home they could play until they got their Game Boy back.

    214 votes
  • 3
    210 VOTES


    Yes, they might make loud beeps, but we had to keep them alive!

    210 votes
  • 4
    241 VOTES


    Part of the appeal of getting the latest cellphone was showing it off at school. Hard to do that when it was locked in the teacher's desk.

    241 votes
  • 5
    249 VOTES

    Paper Footballs

    These would never be confiscated if everyone had perfect aim. But then, what's the point of the game?

    249 votes
  • 6
    179 VOTES


    Photo: Amazon

    Even as kids, we understood that these were meant to get taken away.

    179 votes