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Illegal Sunscreen in School

Violet and Zoe Michener came home from a field day at school with such severe sunburn, that their mother rushed them to the hospital. (NY Daily News).  The reason that teachers at the Tacoma, Washington school did not apply sunscreen? Because school policy forbids teachers from applying it to their students.

It’s one of those stories that usually gets somehow blamed on lawyers. Kinda like  peanuts at the steak house. People blamed lawyers when the peanuts disappeared, because of the lawsuits from slipping on the shells. Now, the peanuts are back because someone decided it would be a good idea to use buckets for the shells, instead of just having them thrown on the floor. Someone owns a thinking cap.

The sunburned sisters on the field trip, were in the sun for 5 hours without sunscreen. They even watched a teacher apply sunscreen “that was only for her”.  That morning, their mother didn’t apply sunscreen before they left, because it was raining.

School policy did not allow teachers to apply sunscreen for the students,  because it is classified as a medication. To use a medication, you have to have a prescription. It’s for liability reasons, they say. Now you can see the “shells on the floor” thinking.

The spokesman for the school system said that “because so many additives in lotions and sunscreens cause an allergic reaction in some children, we have to really monitor that”. So, instead of doing anything, the teachers watched as the girls just got burned. They even remarked at how red they were.

The ending to the story gets a little better because the state now allows school districts to implement their own policy regarding medication classification. In basketball, you can’t teach height. In life, I guess you can’t teach common sense.

For pic 0′ day, I went with the theme of being upside down, like the thinking on that field trip.


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