'Bottle flipping' banned in schools after sweeping internet

'Water Bottle Challenge' sees children spend money on drinks bottles every week

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A ‘bottle-flipping’ game has been banned in schools after children across the world latched on to the playground craze.

The 'Water Bottle Challenge', which swept sections of the internet over the summer, involves attempting to flip partially-filled plastic bottles and get them to land on windowsills, light sockets and the edges of desks.

In May, a clip of Michael Senatore, a 18-year-old schoolboy from North Carolina, completing the challenge at a school talent show appeared and gathered millions of views, setting the craze in motion.

Thousands of videos have since appeared on YouTube and Facebook of teenagers completing the challenge, much to the annoyance of their parents and teachers.

The headteacher at Fulston Manor School in Sittingbourne, Kent, recently announced a ban on water bottles in an effort to curb the craze, according to MailOnline.

In a statement, the school said: “We have suspended the taking of water bottles around the site in order to avoid problems created by litter, messing about in lessons and pupils indulging in the current craze of flipping bottles with all the intended and unintended consequences this produces.

“Pupils can still drink in house areas before school, at break-time, at lunchtime and after school, ensuring that there is no prospect of them becoming dehydrated.”

Parents have protested, claiming the bottle ban could have a negative impact for children with medical conditions, but Fulston Manor has remained firm on the policy.

Meanwhile, children in the US have reportedly been spending up to $30 a week on bottled weeks to facilitate their craze, Boston Globe reported.

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