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  Beyblades banned in school
Updated 14 February 2003, 10.31
Beyblades
Beyblades have been banned from a school in Merseyside after pupils and parents were reportedly injured by them.

The plastic spinning tops have turned into a huge craze all over the country - three million have been sold in the UK already.

Janet Skelly, head of Birkenhead Preparatory School, said Beyblades seemed like a good idea at first.

'Safety first'

She said they were popular with kids who didn't want to play football or basketball at break.

But after hearing that a parent was hit in the eye by a top, Janet decided to ban them.

She said: "We've got to put the safety and wellbeing of the boys first."

The injuries apparently happen when Beyblades are released in the air rather than on the ground (how they're designed to be used).

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