Jeremy King, 9, and Quinn Blackburn, 9, show off their Silly Bandz bracelets at Sweeties Candy Cottage in Huntington. (Newsday Photo / Thomas A. Ferrara / May 5, 2010) 

The move by some schools to ban Silly Bandz, the wildly popular rubber bracelets that come in many shapes and colors, has struck a chord with readers.

Some commenters to the story, many of whom say they are teachers, call the bracelets distractions, if not potentially dangerous.

Writes defntlymaybe79: "...its tough to concentrate on teaching when its your child who has to be constantly asked to put them away. Especially if your child is also goofing off with a friend of his. Now that's two children who need to be spoken to."

One comment harks back to the classic “A Christmas Story” movie, in which 9-year-old Ralphie, who wants a Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle for Christmas, is repeatedly warned, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid."

"Those silly bracelets get flicked and hit someone in the eye and causes damage,” js52671 writes. "Or even better something is flicked from the band and hits a child in the eye. You are the parent of that child, what are you going to do? I have clear expectations in my room, I see them I take them. Period."

Adds newsie31: "i cant believe how [controversial] these silly bands are!!! they're just rubber bands that turn into shapes! but when they become a distraction i agree with the school districts- take em out! the kids are making them a harmful distraction. they fling them at each other and fun of kids who dont have as many as they do. thats why they are taking them out of the schools calling them harmful..not because the schools have nothing else to do! "

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But one commenter suggests the craze is almost over, and that there is a lesson or two to be taught.

"The fad will wear off very soon. I teach middle school they're almost done with the craze and don't play around with them much," says misssantoro. "Kids still bring cellphones to school even though their not allowed. Time to incorproate this stuff into our lessons. Use them in Math or have them write an English essay involving a [Silly Bandz] scene."