Hoverboards Top Holiday Wish Lists

By RYAN FIRST

Many students at Jericho High School have been wishing for a hoverboard. A select few have purchased one of these hoverboards before the holidays, leaving those without a board rushing to get their hands on one.

“I like hoverboards because they’re a new and exciting activity for me and my friends to try out,” said senior, Arianna S.

“I like hoverboards because they’re a new and exciting activity for me and my friends to try out,” said senior Arianna S.

Most students share a similar perspective when it comes to desiring a hoverboard. Senior Sherwin S. said,“I want one because I think they’re sick and everyone has one.” Despite their popularity, these boards are not permitted to be used in school. The main reason these boards are forbidden is because of the safety concern for students such as “if someone is riding it and crashes into someone and gets hurt” said High School Administrator John Mankowich.

Although many students love these boards in general, there are different views on whether hoverboards should be permitted in school. Senior Sam Z. doesn’t think they should be allowed. He said, “They shouldn’t be allowed to be ridden in school because it makes people feel left out, and is just an overall safety hazard.” If these self-balancing scooters were to be permitted in school, it would be difficult to keep students focused in class. With the boards accessible at any time, students may concentrate on showing off their board rather than paying attention in class.

Riding a hoverboard requires practice in order to balance.

Riding a hoverboard requires practice in order to balance.

Not many people realize how much the electronic skateboard costs. The hoverboard price ranges between $300-$2,000 which may turn students and parents away from buying one. “The prices are outrageous,” said freshman Colby H.

Price and safety are major concerns parents face when purchasing a hoverboard for their children. However, many parents feel positively about them. Business teacher Mr. Klobus said, “Yes I would buy one for my kids, and then I’ll probably take it and use it myself.” Although students aren’t allowed to have hoverboards in school, that won’t stop high demand for them this holiday season.

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