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.”