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Leeward school bans kendama over gambling concerns

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:46 a.m. HST, Dec 10, 2013

The highly popular Japanese wooden toy kendama has been banned by one Oahu school because it can be used for gambling.

Kendamas will no longer be allowed on campus, according to the James Campbell High School in Ewa, because it is being used for gambling purposes, which is a Chapter 19 offense.

A similar ban is in effect at Keoneula Elementary School in Ewa Beach.

Both schools said kendamas will be considered a contraband item and will be confiscated.

A kendama is a traditional Japanese wooden toy consisting of a wooden ball connected by a string to a base with cups.

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I've seen kids with these little toys, but didnt realize they have the capacity to be used as a tool for gambling. How do you gamble with these?
on December 10,2013 | 08:16AM
sjean wrote:
it's called pink slips. As if kids cannot pink slip every item they own. It's much better that they have their eyes glued to a 3 inch screen than something more organic like a kendama. not.
on December 10,2013 | 10:39AM
agile wrote:
I teach for elementary and kids also use pogs, which are also contraband for gambling and fighting. Unfortunately, not all principals and teachers observe the consequences for contraband. At this school, a new VP wants to be "buddies" with the kids and intentionally looks the other way when shown the evidence of contraband.
on December 10,2013 | 12:18PM
false wrote:
Back to pitching coins against the wall.
on December 10,2013 | 08:17AM
serious wrote:
All sports are a form of gambling---how far can this go. If people like it--either tax it to death or over regulate it!!!
on December 10,2013 | 08:24AM
hilopango wrote:
Thought they would be used as a weapon before they would be used for gambling.
on December 10,2013 | 08:26AM
Mahalo wrote:
THey were banned almost 3 weeks ago at Ewa Elementary and it wasn't news..
on December 10,2013 | 09:03AM
Anonymous wrote:
The utter idiocy in school administrations these days...SMH Anything can be turned into a game of gambling - coins, soda tabs, even pens. Are they going to ban those, too?
on December 10,2013 | 09:07AM
loquaciousone wrote:
In other news, numbers will no longer be allowed in math classes because numbers are often used for gambling purposes.
on December 10,2013 | 10:14AM
patk wrote:
And talking too. No talking or math in school.
on December 10,2013 | 05:14PM
juscasting wrote:
What's next...Jax, chinese jax, jan ken po, marblesj?
on December 10,2013 | 10:18AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Ban, ban, maybe, ban.
on December 10,2013 | 01:11PM
cojef wrote:
Shame, kendama enhance eye-hand coordination which also stimulate mind acuity.
on December 10,2013 | 10:43AM
rayhawaii wrote:
I seen kids swinging it at other kids so pretty soon some kid going to get his or her eye knocked out (hope not mine) then state going to get sued for a few million because school allowed them at the time. Nunchuck with a ball.
on December 10,2013 | 11:55AM
OkiDawg wrote:
Beyond gambling, another issue is theft. Students don't secure their belongings, it gets stolen and parents complain even knowing it is contraband to begin with.
on December 10,2013 | 12:06PM
Back in the 60's lot's of kids used to pencil fight for candy money or buy an extra school lunch
on December 10,2013 | 05:07PM
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