Here we go again. More asinine shit from our sub par school systems.
This time it’s, as far as I’m concerned, abuse of children.
Two school girls, one with a form of Albinism, went on an outdoors field trip with the school. The mother didn’t put sunscreen on the girls before they left for school because it was raining and she didn’t think they were going to end up going on the field trip.
Well, the weather apparently cleared up around noon and off they went. They were then outdoors for 5 straight hours.
The two girls sustained sunburns so bad that they had to be taken to the ER when the returned home from school. Evidently, many adult chaperones commented about the girls getting burned, but nothing was ultimately done to assist the girls. The FDA considers sunblock an over-the-counter medicine, so the school isn’t allowed to apply to the children nor let the children apply it to themselves.
This is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. It’s right up there with all the hoops and bullshit I have to go through at the beginning of every school year just so my boys can carry their inhalers with them at school.
But, for argument’s sake, let’s say the teacher acted ethically. No sunblock for you! Instead, why not find some shade for the children? Or an umbrella? Or take them, you know, indoors?
I find this entire situation completely unacceptable. It is unacceptable that sunblock is considered a drug. It is unacceptable that a child cannot apply sunblock to his or herself if they are on an outdoors field trip. And it’s definitely unacceptable that the teacher told the child she couldn’t have sunblock while she was applying some to herself. That’s cruel and unusual. What a bitch.
The mom has taken full responsibility for not applying the sunscreen before sending the children to school in the morning, but let’s face it; even if she had it would have lost its effectiveness by the time the children actually went on the field trip. The FDA suggests that sunscreen be reapplied every two hours. So this is all on the school. Schools are responsible for the welfare of every student while the students are in their care. Even if they are not allowed to let the child have sunscreen there was something that could have been done to assist the children once it was clear they were starting to get burnt.
“My biggest beef is that teachers are not able to make good decisions about kids safety,” the mother of the children said. “Fear of litigation is preventing us from living our lives and taking care of our kids.” Amen. Frivolous lawsuits are paralyzing this nation and prevent people from doing what they know is the right thing to do.
- Dr.’s note req. for sunscreen in school (wivb.com)
- Kids Severely Sunburned at School Because They Didn’t Have “Prescription” for Sunscreen (freerangekids.wordpress.com)
- Field trip left boy with severe sunburn (txwclp.org)