A Victorian primary school is banning students from bringing Coles’ collectable toys to school, due to cases of bullying, fighting and stealing.
Peter Adams, principal at Pascoe Vale Primary School in Melbourne’s north, has slammed Coles over their Little Shop promotion, calling it ‘genius and (an) absolute disgrace’.
In the school’s most recent newsletter, he urged parents to prevent their children from bringing the plastic toys to school, citing a series of fights over them, shares Daily Mail.
Some schools are also being forced to deal with instances of theft, organising swap meets to help students collect the full set, the Herald Sun reports.
Mr Adams says the toys are creating headaches for teachers, with students reporting theirs as being either lost or stolen.
He says it’s gotten to the point where they can’t tell which is stolen and which is lost.
Parents are concerned that their children are being bullied, which is why Mr Adams has put the toys in the same category as mobile phones and other valuables; safer left at home.
Meanwhile other schools are embracing the toys, using them as teaching tools.
Some Primary schools are urging students and parents to save any collectables that are not wanted and donate them to the office so they can be used for students to learn money and ‘play shops’ during maths lessons.
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