School officials at Jay Elementary School in the Panhandle scrambled to collect more than 100 bracelets distributed to students involved in a fund-raising drive after pictures of naked women were found hidden beneath the bracelets’ cloth coverings, writes Michael Peltier at Reuters.
The accessories, known as slap bracelets, were handed out to 160 students.
One of the children became curious and removed the cotton, uncovering the pornographic images which has so far been found on four of the bracelets, writes Richard Hartley-Parkinson.
Santa Rosa County School District spokesman Bill Emerson said there was initially some disbelief at the discovery.
“It was one of those calls you get from parents where you say, “Really?” Emerson said. “Then it turns out to be true.”
The school district alerted the Nashville-based company that had purchased the bracelets from a Chinese manufacturer, and the company has stopped shipments of the naughty novelties, Emerson said.
Parents have been understanding, he said.
The district is continuing efforts to retrieve the indecent prizes but has so far gotten only a handful back. Mr Emerson doesn’t believe that all the bracelets will be returned.
“Curiosity is bound to get the better of some of [the children],” he said.
However, Jay principal Danny Carnley said that one person had described the images as just being something you might see in a country garage. He told North West Florida Daily News:
“I would call the images terribly tasteless, but not x-rated.”
The children are expected to receive another reward for their fundraising efforts.