Latest elementary school craze outlawed at Pond Cove
The latest craze to hit the elementary school crowd -- Pokemon trading cards
-- has been outlawed by Cape's Pond Cove School principal.
"It's official," wrote Pond Cove principal Tom Eismeier in his weekly letter
to families. "After hearing a number of complaints from teachers for the
past week, I'm exercising the power of my Earth Badge and telling Pokemon
to stay home."
While Eismeier has said he sees some merit in the trading cards, they have
become a nuisance at school. Kids collect and trade the cards, and along
the way they can learn negotiating skills.
At the Sept.14 meeting of the School Board, one board member queried Eismeier
about the impending ban. She said she knew of a child at Pond Cove
who wondered whether banning Pokemon from school was a violation
of the students' Consititutional rights.
Eismeier said that students do not check their rights at the door of the
school, but he does, as principal, have the power to outlaw nuisances.