Zero Tolerance Watch: No medication in school, and since sunscreen is a medication…

And you thought the zero common sense trend just applied to toy guns, pizza slices in the shape of a gun, pointing your finger in the shape of a gun, seeing a cloud shaped as a gun and – of course – school prayer. Au contraire mon frere.

 From KSAT in San Antonio, Texas.

Riggs said her 10-year-old daughter went on a school field trip recently and came back sun-burned. Riggs said district policy didn’t allow her daughter to bring sunscreen to reapply.

Such genius I tell you. Is this one of those one-sided stories where we only hear from the parent about what happened? Nope. My emphasis…

[North East Independent School District] spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor said sunscreen is considered a medication, something children need a doctor’s note to have at school.

“Typically, sunscreen is a toxic substance, and we can’t allow toxic things in to be in our schools,” Chancellor said.

Chancellor said if parents know their child may be outdoors, they should come to school fully covered in sunscreen. At this time, she said, sunscreen can’t be brought by students to school campuses.

“We have to look at the safety of all of our students and we can’t allow children to share sunscreen,” she said. “They could possibly have an allergic reaction (or) they could ingest it. It’s really a dangerous situation.

These are the best of the best we have teaching and administering our schools?

One of my god-children has an allergy to certain types of sunscreen. She was well-aware of her own situation even before she started school. We were aware, the family was aware. It’s not rocket science people.

Mom asks a really good question…

“Where do you draw the line?” she asked. “Do we say no hand sanitizer? Do we not allow school glue?

There are literally thousands of items … food, scents, lotions… that someone can be allergic to. Heck, people are allergic to newspaper ink and printer ink and toner! We should remove those items from all schools immediately … “They could possibly have an allergic reaction (or) they could ingest it. It’s really a dangerous situation.”

Now – of course – there is a work-around. Since some kids do require “medication” at school, parents can present a doctor’s note saying the kid should be allowed to reapply sunscreen during the day if he or she is outside. But do you think the kids would be allowed to take care of this task themselves? Oh no, it must be supervised to ensure no other children comes in contact with the toxic substance. It should probably be controlled and applied by a [union] professional earning a “living wage” for their family of four.

Common sense … being destroyed day-by-day in America.

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. cranky yankee on June 7, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I’m sure a tube of chap stick coud be considered a weapon and hazardous. How did I ever live into my 60’s.

  2. scheidel21 on June 7, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Actually medication can only be administered in most schools by the school nurse.


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