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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Laser PointerPhoto: 伯理璽天德 / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 3.0
Comedy peaked the moment a red laser dot shone on the teacher's back. Laser pointers are not welcomed at school.
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Game BoyPhoto: Maartenschrijft / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 3.0
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.
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Yes, they might make loud beeps, but we had to keep them alive!
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CellphonesPhoto: xrgreatphones / eBay
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.
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Paper FootballsPhoto: Matthew Hurst / Flickr / CC-BY-SA 2.0
These would never be confiscated if everyone had perfect aim. But then, what's the point of the game?
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Even as kids, we understood that these were meant to get taken away.