A new craze seems to have busted out at work, namely bundles of tiny magnetized ball bearings. Each lesson today I spotted three or four children fussing about with them, and I had to remove two or three because of deviating focus. The kids have also been using them to wind up senior staff by faking "too many" ear piercings, and-this is where it becomes perilous-nose and tongue piercings by placing another small magnet on the inside or back of said body part. Am I slow on the uptake here? I wondered if this is happening in other schools too, or is it simply that one of our kids has obtained a whole load of them? Tiny tiny spherical magnets,maybe 4-5 mm.