Kids who do ‘floss’ dance given detention by school – and one mum is furious

Can you ‘floss’?

First came the ‘dab’, then the ‘mannequin challenge’, but the latest hit dance craze is the ‘floss’.

The quirky dance originated in America but has now become a sensation on school playgrounds worldwide – even footballers are giving it a go.

It involves moving your arms from side-to-side, moving one behind your back as if you are flossing, before switching sides.

However not everyone seems to think the childish dance is all fun and games, as one mum has discovered.

A parent has taken to MumsNet to share her frustration at learning her son’s school is handing out punishments to anyone caught ‘flossing’.

Even footballers have been caught jumping on the ‘floss’ bandwagon

Going by the username, purpleshimmer, the mum said: “I’ve just been reading on my Facebook and it seems my child’s school has decided to give out detentions to any child caught doing the floss dance or any other dance from the Fortnite game.

“How bloody silly is this? Fair enough if the kids are doing it in class but detentions are being given out to anyone doing it at any time! Seriously??”

The mum admitted that her son is always doing the dance at home and that she had even tried (and failed) to do it herself.

“World has gone mad,” she added. “There’s nothing harmful in it whatsoever… but because it’s from a game that isn’t ‘age appropriate’ it is being banned in school.”

The Loose Women ladies also had a lesson in flossing

Other mums were equally shocked by the school’s decision to hand out detentions.

One said: “It does seem to irritate adults (including me) a lot.

“But I can’t see a good reason for banning it during breaks and lunch time, so detention for doing it any time does seem, on the face of it, unreasonable.”

Another wrote: “I think it’s a bit daft to give detention for it if it’s being done at play time – who does it hurt, after all?”

A third commented: “They should not be doing it in class or on way to class or dinner queues, but detention for playing at play time seems harsh.”

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However not everyone was in agreement.

Lots of users thought the dance was rather annoying and encouraged the ban.

“I don’t blame them,” read a comment. “It’s infuriating when they’re jiggling about doing it and not listening or doing what they’ve been asked.”

The BackPack Kid became a hit after flossing on SNL

A dance teacher chipped in to say she had also banned it at her classes: “I have banned it at dance class too, it’s annoying! They look like they have ants in their pants.

“Nothing worse than trying to get the attention of a whole class of kids and one of them is frantically twitching and flinging their arms around – no way are they listening at the same time.”

What do you think? Should ‘flossing’ be banned in schools – let us know in the comments below.

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