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Houston mother says a fidget spinner almost killed her daughter

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  • AZ Blue & Red Gilbert, AZ
    May 22, 2017 1:13 p.m.

    If we banned everything that could choke a child then there would be not much left. Coins, candy (jaw breakers), a cherry, an orange slice, marbles, erasers that go on the end of a pencil etc, 10 year old should know better. Years ago I had a young child swallow a quarter and had to have it taken out of her throat. Should we ban quarters?

    To think that this is the only thing that could choke a child is silly.

    Not wanting spinners in a school is another. Just do not use this as an excuse or ban anything of the same size.

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    May 18, 2017 12:51 p.m.

    10 year olds should know better than to put things in their mouths.

  • Z South Jordan, UT
    May 18, 2017 12:32 p.m.

    "Age appropriate warning"? I am sorry for the hospital trip, but a 10-year-old should know not to put small parts in her mouth. Even an age-appropriate warning is not going to help you there.

  • Chris from Rose Park Hartford, CT
    May 18, 2017 5:50 a.m.

    First off, I sympathize with this family who had to go to the hospital. I'm glad it all worked out.

    Second, it seems to me that the DN has taken a very negative stance on fidget spinners. Obviously, the hospital trip was sad, but it's not like fidget spinners are killing kids left and right. These kind of things happen with a lot of toys. The headline is very inflammatory. There is definitely a discussion to be had in whether or not fidget spinners should be allowed in school, but it's sad when the conversation is tainted with the idea that they are a safety hazard.

    Personally, this portrayal that fidget spinners are the absolute worst in all situations comes off a tad irrational. It makes it harder for me to feel that any anti-fidget spinner sentiment is legitimate and rational. That last feeling is why I think it wrong to bring safety into the conversation. It is a distraction from the conversation about their use in schools.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    May 17, 2017 4:03 p.m.

    These are a total distraction in the classroom, trust me!

  • Granny Saint George, UT
    May 17, 2017 3:29 p.m.

    Can you imagine the frustration of school teachers trying to keep these things put away in the classroom while trying to teach? Hopefully, these spinner things will be banned soon by the CPSC. In the meantime, why can the parents of today take on some personal responsibility and ban some of this crap for the sake of their children without having the government tell them to do so? Teachers have enough other behavioral problems to deal with without adding one more stupid thing to the list.

  • bass679 Novi, MI
    May 17, 2017 1:56 p.m.

    @SAS
    To be fair, the US regulation model has always been "ask for forgiveness, not for permission".

    I work in the auto industry making both US and European vehicles and there's a clear difference in the regulatory language. In European markets everything is forbidden unless it is specifically allowed. In the US you can do anything you wan unless it is specifically forbidden. We also certify the compliance of our own products whereas in Europe an independent 3rd party validates them.

    There are pros and cons to each but the US method does have some obvious routes for abuse.

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    May 17, 2017 12:52 p.m.

    There was once a time when government kept an eye on consumer product safety. Things that were unsafe got recalled.

    Fortunately, we no longer have to worry about such job-killing, profit destroying regulation. Is America Great Again, or what?