THIS WEEK IN 2000: School runs Pokémon club to stop fights

Pokemon: Pupils at Stamshaw Junior School were permitted to play with Pokemon cards just one day per week after teachers banned the international phenomenon because it led to arguments
Pokemon: Pupils at Stamshaw Junior School were permitted to play with Pokemon cards just one day per week after teachers banned the international phenomenon because it led to arguments
The Rampant at the ramparts of Portchester Castle in 1967. L to r: Peter Richardson (aka Ritchie Peters  they turned his name around) vocals, Ron Hughes guitar, Ken Hughes (his brother) drums, Don Golding bass, Mick Cooper Hammond organ.

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Pokémon-mad kids faced going through the school day without indulging in their favourite craze after teachers banned the game to stop arguments.

Pupils at Stamshaw Junior School could only play with Pokémon cards once a week in a new club they helped create.

Teachers banned them from playing the game after arguments and fights broke out – often on the way to and from school.

But pupils on the school council agreed to set up a club with draconian rules, which meant anyone stepping out of line would be banned from playing Pokémon at school completely.

About 125 children – 25 each day – met at lunchtimes to play.

Pictured: Danielle Nolan, centre, keeps an eye on card trading between Raine Thompson, left, and Bruce McAdam