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Below is a letter I felt compelled to send to the headmaster of the local school that my daughter attends. I really think that trading cards should be banned in schools as they cause so many problems. Im sure that Im not the only parent out there that feels this way about the cards either.
Dear Mr Brown,
I thought I'd email you about something that has been bothering me for some time now, even more so in the last couple of weeks. Last week Molly brought home from school 8 Moshi Monster cards. I asked her where she got them from and she said that someone had given her a card which she was able to swap with someone for more cards as it was a high value card. I told her that I was not comfortable with her having these cards as I think they are a waste of money and cause far too many problems on the playground, e.g. arguments, stealing, bullying, lying.
Earlier this week I confiscated the cards off Molly as I wasn't happy with her behaviour towards me and I told her she had to earn them back through positive behaviour. The next day Molly told me that she needed to take one of the cards back to school as it was Jason's, so I gave this particular card back to her to return.
As mentioned earlier, I am totally against any form of trading cards as they cause far too many problems both at school and at home and I'm sure I'm not the only parent that feels this way. The kids put pressure on the parents to buy them and it they don't buy them they find other ways of obtaining them. In this case I'm not sure if I believe Molly is 'sharing' them with Jason, either way I'm not comfortable with her having these cards in her possession. I had a similar problem with the Match Attax cards, I have never bought any for Molly and somehow she acquired 26 cards. I recently asked her where these cards were and she told me she gave them to one of the girls that lives in our street because she got bored of them. A couple of hours later she told me that she actually left them in her school fleece which she lost a couple of months ago and has since been brought back to school by Miranda Green who accidentally picked up her fleece and now has the cards in her possession. As I said I just don't know what to believe.
Please can I ask that you consider a total ban on these kind of cards.
(Please Note: Names have been changed to protect the identity of the original author)