"These novelty items have created a disturbance on campus and have also become a safety concern in a number of ways." Some kids are putting them around their necks, some are snapping other students with them and others are "using them as projectiles and stingers,"Let me just say that I understand what the problem is as I've taken a few of these away from kids. I also understand (but don't agree) with his approach to just ban them. They remind me of Pokemon Cards where the kids were focusing on the cards in school instead of well, school. Those were banned too. Let's see, what else is banned in many schools/classrooms? Cellphones, iPods, all personal electronic devices and even mechanical pencils in many classrooms.
My problem is the BANNING of the items, rather than tending to the behaviors themselves. If we are going to ban every possibly distraction, we're not teaching the students anything. Plus, we now have one more thing to police. It also cowtows to parents who want to challenge individual teachers' authority. By making school rules like this, you absolve teachers of using their judgment.
I say, let them have these things but use them appropriately. Teach them what's expected and ENFORCE THAT! When I take anything away from kids, it's because I've already told them what the expectation is and the student continued to ignore the rule. If a student snaps a rubber band, I take it away and deal with that "violent" behavior.
Banning everything is just a lazy way to avoid having kids accept responsibility for following rules. It honestly frightens me every time I read another article about items being banned.