Sorry this is a bit long...
My DS1 is in year 6 at school. To describe him quickly for you, would be- a nerdy, geeky, well-behaved, serious, oversensitive, Aspergery child. He has a mere handful of friends; his best friend is very similar to him with undiagnosed social issues, another is just your standard 'geek', another also has SN and has always been terribly bullied, one is from overseas and doesn't fit in with others, and sometimes there's one or 2 more that they hang out with, but they are his closest friends.
Every lunch time for the past 3 years, these boys sit together and play Yu-gi-oh cards. If you don't know what they are, they are a series of fantasy cards where each card's character has a special effect, attack and defence points, and you battle them against each other. So your typical nerdy game.
They love these cards because, well they just think they're awesome. But they also serve a purpose in that the boys have something to do, they are able to gather themselves up in a corner and sit down and keep to themselves, they don't have to hang around where kids tease them, they don't have to go and play handball/soccer with all the other boys who again, tease them and are generally pretty mean. Thankfully my DS isn't often the focus of their teasing, but his friends are, and that bothers DS greatly (it's actually the main reason my DS decided to befriend the SN boy- to "protect him").
Anyway, today my DS1 comes to me after the bell and declares that he just had the worst day of his life. He tells me that everyone is bringing those stupid Woolies cards to school, and playing games with them that involves flicking them (at people apparently ), and also some of them are going down to the infants and selling them!
So this teacher announced at assembly that all cards will now be banned from school. The boys figured that she just meant Woolies cards, but when she spotted them playing Yu-gi-oh later on, she made them put them away and again stated all cards are banned.
DS said his bestie looked like he was going to cry. His friends are all very concerned. DS is also very worried and doesn't know what he is going to do.
So.... do you think I should approach the teacher and ask if she would allow the Yu-gi-oh cards? I don't know her much but she seems pretty scary LOL. I actually think she's the assistant principal. She is also the OC teacher so I'm hoping she could understand the life of a nerdy kid?
Usually I am a stickler for rules, and I tell my kids that rules are rules and they just have to deal with it. But in this case I'm a bit worried about the impact this banning will have on these boys.