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Sunscreen Banned In Schools, Students Burned

June 26, 2012 by  

Sunscreen Banned In Schools, Students Burned
Most schools do not allow students to apply sunscreen.

An elementary school in Tacoma, Wash., is feeling the heat after it banned students from wearing sunscreen. Two sisters were severely burned at an all-day school function. One of the sisters suffers from a form of albinism.

“It feels like your eyeballs are just going to pop out,” said Zoe Michener, a fair-skinned 9-year-old.

The mother of the two girls, Jesse Michener, blogged about the ordeal.

“My children indicated that several adults commented on their burns at school, including staff and other parents. One of my children remarked that their teacher used sunscreen in her presence and that it was ‘just for her,’” wrote Michener.

Parents need to be aware that in 49 States, sunscreen is treated as an over-the-counter drug. Therefore, students must have a doctor’s note to use it. California is the only State that does not regulate sunscreen use on school campuses.

“We have learned that it’s important to stand up for what you believe in,” Michener said. “This has always been about making sense of a policy that doesn’t make sense and trying to change it.”

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • Warrior

    Looks like a case for ACLU.

    • Robert Smith

      On one hand those on the right are slamed for “forcing” things like shots to prevent disease, yet when parents are required to send a note for medication (or sunscreen) the right goes all flip a dip.

      Seems like the extreme right is pretty much ALWAYS going to make teachers and schools wrong, no matter how silly and inconsistant their “advocacy” is.

      It’s particurlarly obvious in this case where the kid should have had a parent say the sun screen was needed. Where was the parent?


      • Chester

        For most schools, any drug or other medication, which is what they classify sun screen as, REQUIRES a doctor’s written order as to when use and how often it should be used. This is just as true for asthma inhalers as for sunscreen or blood sugar testing. Without the doctor’s WRITTEN order, it can not be used. Part of the zero tolerance policy.

      • Debbie

        It is more often those on the LEFT who want to dictate how everyone else should live and impose all sorts of “nanny state rules” on those around them. Schools have gotten beyond ridiculous in their “zero tolerance” on everything, including common sense — apparently. I think the mother should have slathered those kids with sunscreen before school and just have been done with it.

      • RichE

        I think what’s obvious is a little common sense is needed.

        Where was the parent? Why can’t the village raise the kid?

      • restorefreedom

        These educators need too go back to school and learn something. No wonder our kids are so helpless and uneducated.

        • RichE

          Wouldn’t it be better if the parents went back to school and learned something?

      • s. c. frank taylor

        Probably it never occurred to the parent that sunscreen was a drug that needed special permission. Was any effort made by the school to inform parents of this violation of common sense?

      • Jay

        No, it would be better if the parents pulled their kids out of public schools, and out of harms way. Schools are unsafe for children!

      • Robert Smith

        Question asked: “Why can’t the village raise the kid?”

        The “village” DOES work very hard to raise kids. Not only is it schools who try but things like Boy and Girl scouts, Camp Fire Girls, religous organizations, and as many as one can imagine in our society.

        Where it fails is when some parents are scared that their kids will be exposed to the village and society at large and they just want to have little robots just like themselves. Home schooling followed by perocial schools are the best examples of parents resisting the village.

        Then there are parents who just don’t want to participate in the village, and in fact put it in danger by avoiding shots and other public health efforts.

        The village does what’s best for ALL, not just what particular peculiar parents want.

        The village is also prepared to take things out that are bad, as Dover, PA, was successful in getting rid of creationism in science classes.


        • RichE

          …teaching creation in science… are you baiting hooks?

      • Gene

        More likly at home, sense the schools are nothing but tax payer day cares.

    • http://personalliberty jlbs

      These kids are white. The ACLU wouldn’t get involved.

      • soldier

        Actually now they are red, so they ought to magically fall under a protected class that is inferior and needs lots of handicapps and afirmative action. Afirmative action implies that whites are a superior race that doesn’t need any handicapps.

      • Robert Smith

        Dont’ count on it. The KKK is white and all they want to do is clean up a highway.

        BTW, I hope they win that one. Even if they are part of the “hood” they should be allowed to do some practical clean-up for a change.


  • Mark

    An important quote from the mother that is conveniently overlooked was “I wish that I had remembered to put sunscreen on them (her two girls) before I sent them to camp”. So much for personal responsibility, let’s just blame on someone else and sue them like the idiot that is suing and 11 year old for accidently hitting her with a baseball at (gasp) a baseball game. If the teacher had put sunscreen on the girls, we would probably be reading about the teacher being fired and sued for inappropriately touching the children. Mr. Nash should do a little more research. Maybe he would have written a different article.

    • Dale on the left coast

      Sunscreen needs to be re-applied every few hours Mark . . . you would know this if you did not have your head where the sun don’t shine . . . lol

      • Robert Smith

        “”Sunscreen needs to be re-applied every few hours Mark”

        And why didn’t the mother send a bottle along with a note?

        Particularly when one of the kids did have a medical condition.


        • RichE

          The mother did. It was prescription. Only the school nurse can administer prescription drugs. The school nurse wasn’t on the field trip. One small detail over looked and for the want of a nail the shoe was lost.

    • soldier

      When you send your kids to school and a field trip it is implicent that the kids will be reasonably protected from danger. Letting the kids bake in the sun is like letting the kids walk around a rattlesnake suddenly discovered while on the field trip and doing nothing about it. If a kid gets injured on a field trip, is the shool aloud to dress and banadage the wound or at least call the hospital????

  • dcjdavis

    The right to use common sense is challenged daily by administrations everywhere. Ain’t big government great?

    • Robert Smith

      And it’s challended by individual parents.

      Look at the garbage some parents stir up anytime a school wants to educate kids about sex.

      Kids need to learn about age appropriate sex things. Inappropriate touching, and later how to prevent babies and STDs.


  • http://google john p.

    why didn’t that teacher use her head and get these kid’s out
    of the sun . when the kids started getting burnt . were talking
    about little kids that don’t no any better .

    • Rick

      John appaently neither the teacher know any better . Unfortunately common sense is anything but common. As for sunscreen being listed as a drug. Technically so is oxygen should they need a note to breathe too? I can understand neeeding a note for a prescription drug but sunsceen come on what idiot came up with that?

  • Beenhereawhile

    Public schools in our area most often do not inform parents of what the days activities are going to be.

    Those of you blaming a parent who is not present and has no firsthand knowlege of the length of time the school is exposing their child to the sun are way off base. The teacher was aware of the suns risk and did not take appropriate action for the students but apparently did for themself as evidenced by sunscreen use.

    The teacher and his/her administration are fully responsible for the care of any child they have in the school during the time they are there as well as during transportation of the child to and from school.

    • soldier

      EXACTLY!!!!!! At the absolute very least, the teacher should brought the kids into the shade. Every last one of these #%@#%@ teachers should be fired. There are tons of people who would jump into their jobs for half the pay and half the benefits.

  • oldbill

    The unconstitutional compulsory education laws banish yet another human right to protect ones self from pain and suffering.

  • soldier

    This is completely assanine. If a pervert came up and sought to hurt the kids while on the field trip, the school shaparons have a responsiblity to at least notify the police. IF kids are burning in the sun, the school should have let them go in the shade. How would this be any different then keeping the kids away from a rattlesnake that they suddenly happen upon while on the field trip? You need a doctors note for anti-venum, ok fine, but WHERE THE @#%%@# WAS THE ACTION TO PREVENT HARM TO THESE KIDS???? THERE IS MORE THAN ONE WAY TO SKIN A CAT AND MORE THAN ONE WAY TO PRVENT SUNBURN.

  • Jay

    A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind. It prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy.

    It celebrates rote vocational training and the singular, amoral skill of making money.

    It churns out stunted human products, lacking the capacity and vocabulary to challenge the assumptions and structures of the corporate state.

    It funnels them into a caste system of drones and systems managers. It transforms a democratic state into a feudal system of corporate masters and serfs.

    Teachers, their unions under attack, are becoming as replaceable as minimum-wage employees at Burger King.

    We spurn real teachers—those with the capacity to inspire children to think, those who help the young discover their gifts and potential—and replace them with instructors who teach to narrow, standardized tests. These instructors obey. They teach children to obey. And that is the point.

    The No Child Left Behind program, modeled on the “Texas Miracle,” is a fraud. It worked no better than our deregulated financial system. But when you shut out debate these dead ideas are self-perpetuating.

    Passing bubble tests celebrates and rewards a peculiar form of analytical intelligence. This kind of intelligence is prized by money managers and corporations. They don’t want employees to ask uncomfortable questions or examine existing structures and assumptions. They want them to serve the system.

    These tests produce men and women who are just literate and numerate enough to perform basic functions and service jobs.

    The tests elevate those with the financial means to prepare for them. They reward those who obey the rules, memorize the formulas and pay deference to authority.

    Rebels, artists, independent thinkers, eccentrics and iconoclasts—those who march to the beat of their own drum—are weeded out.

    “Imagine,” said a public school teacher in New York City, who asked that I not use his name, “going to work each day knowing a great deal of what you are doing is fraudulent, knowing in no way are you preparing your students for life in an ever more brutal world, knowing that if you don’t continue along your scripted test prep course and indeed get better at it you will be out of a job.

    Up until very recently, the principal of a school was something like the conductor of an orchestra: a person who had deep experience and knowledge of the part and place of every member and every instrument.

    In the past 10 years we’ve had the emergence of both [Mayor] Mike Bloomberg’s Leadership Academy and Eli Broad’s Superintendents Academy, both created exclusively to produce instant principals and superintendents who model themselves after CEOs.

    How is this kind of thing even legal?

    How are such ‘academies’ accredited?

    What quality of leader needs a ‘leadership academy’?

    What kind of society would allow such people to run their children’s schools?

    The high-stakes tests may be worthless as pedagogy but they are a brilliant mechanism for undermining the school systems, instilling fear and creating a rationale for corporate takeover.

    There is something grotesque about the fact the education reform is being led not by educators but by financers and speculators and billionaires.”

    Teachers, under assault from every direction, are fleeing the profession.

    The full article here:

    • Robert Smith

      There is no respect for intelligence. I’ve met members of Mensa who because of that membership got out of jury duty.

      Wanna see how our government really works?

      See how this figures: “Judge Peter C. Dorsey of the United States District Court in New Haven agreed that the plaintiff, Robert Jordan, was denied an opportunity to interview for a police job because of his high test scores.”

      That’s from:

      Robert Jordan is not even in the top 2% that qualifies for Mensa.


      • Jay

        Rather sad, and you’re correct; there’s no respect for intelligence, or critical thinking, for that matter, as “The Corporotocrisy” views such gifts with disdain, and fear!

  • 45caliber

    But if they put sun screen on those kids and one suffered a reaction, they might be sued! It is much better to allow the kids to be sunburned – then the parents are responsible.

  • K Strickland

    It is the parent’s right to put as much sunscreen on her child as she sees fit, and to come to school to apply it again throughout the day.

    Schools are backed into a corner with the threat of frivolous lawsuits. Can’t say I blame them for the CYA policy. At my last teaching job, we were forbidden from removing splinters (a medical procedure) or applying bandaids. Too risky.

  • choose_life

    This is da new bath salts, fokes. I seen it, its real bad wear i live. ppl doin that sunscreen u dont realize just cuz it over the counner dont mean it aint drug. wake up! coke airplain glue bath salt sunscreen, they all chemical poyson dont throw life away over pier preshure. Just say no!


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