There was a hopeful rumor floating that a neighboring SHOA could remove the tips with just a look but it turned out the magical SHOA was a school secretary that retired last year and moved to Idaho. So that was that.
And YouTube showed us that no amount of dried superglue, toothpicks and Bic pens could solve our problem (talking to you, BigPapi92).
We came across this link and voila!!! truly genuinely the answer to our problems, the GripStick.
Check out this video demonstrating the application
The video sealed the deal for us. What did we have to lose? Even kinders at a STEM school can tell you that 24.99 beats 800.00.
Well, thank goodness for my husband!! When the GripStick arrived (super fast shipping, arrived in two days) I was so excited to be as quick and effective as the video. So apparently I am not the girl in the video BUT my husband was able to remove 4 jacks before our GripStick gave up the ghost. By the end of the fourth removal the GripStick came apart and it was bent and not functioning.
Bottom line: do I wish it withstood more removals? Absolutely. But after this I am hopping over to Nightek.com to order two more GripSticks. The 4 removal lifespan took our repair cost down to 6.00 per iPad and in two days this tool is going directly to my husband.
I especially love that this product was designed by students and was KickStarted. I look forward really to the kinders that don't jam the headphones!! Can anyone KickStart that?