Indiana middle school ends wristband fundraiser

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana school has ended a fundraiser that allowed students to use their personal electronic devices during lunch if they bought a $10 wristband.

Batchelor Middle School in Bloomington had offered students wristbands with the school’s theme “Be the person” for $10 in exchange for the privilege of using their smartphones or tablets.

Students without the wristbands couldn’t use their devices during the lunch period. The money collected paid for a field trip to Indianapolis.

Monroe County Community School Corp. superintendent Judy DeMuth says the school’s principal ended the fundraiser after reviewing it with staff.

School board member Sue Wanzer tells The Herald-Times the fundraiser was teaching kids “that if you had the money and you were willing and able to spend it, you get certain privileges.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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