• War On Drugs Goes From Bad To Evangelical: Sunscreen Banned From Schools and Summer Camps
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[t]http://treatingsunburns.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/second-degree-sunburns.jpg[/t] [QUOTE=USA Today]When parents send children to school or camp, they may worry about many things, from bullies to bus accidents. But unauthorized sunscreen use? It turns out that many schools and camps do that worrying for parents, with policies that ban kids from carrying sunscreen without a doctor's note and warn staffers not to dispense it. Such policies are getting new scrutiny this week, thanks to Jesse Michener, a mother in Tacoma, Wash., who was horrified to see two of her daughters, ages 11 and 9, return from a school field day with severe sunburns. The girls have extremely fair skin, and none of the adults at the event offered them sunscreen — or shade, for that matter — as a rainy day turned sunny, Michener, 37, wrote in a post in her blog, Life.Photographed, that got nationwide attention. More than a week later, their skin still is peeling and red, Michener told USA TODAY Wednesday: "It's appalling." Michener says school officials have promised her the sunscreen policy will be changed by fall, thanks to a change in state law that gives schools new leeway on handling over-the-counter drugs. Shannon McMinimee, a lawyer for Tacoma Public Schools, said in an e-mail that the school board was expected to review the policy but would need to seek guidance from state officials and health experts first. But sunscreen rules are common. They typically stem from state and local policies that stop kids from bringing any drug — including non-prescription drugs — to school, says Jeff Ashley, a California dermatologist who leads an advocacy group called Sun Safety for Kids. Sunscreens are regulated as over-the-counter drugs, so many districts treat them like aspirin, just to be safe, he says. Ashley helped get California to pass laws that say kids have a right to bring sunscreen, hats and other sun gear to school. That was nearly a decade ago, but as far as he knows, no other state has done the same. So there's a mish-mash of policies. Often, "sunscreen application at school seems to be an issue that each individual school district rules on," says Jennifer Allyn of the American Academy of Dermatology. "Some treat sunscreen as they would any other fragrance-type product, and forbid their use to avoid allergic reactions. Others require a doctor's note, and others treat sunscreen like something as basic as Chapstick." The academy endorses sunscreen use but has no policy on how schools should handle it, she says. But Ashley says allergy concerns are overblown: "Sunscreen allergies are no more common than allergies to soap. Are schools going to take soap out of their bathrooms?" Another common concern: Adults will get in trouble for inappropriately touching kids if they help apply sunscreen. That was the question in Maryland last summer when the state enforced, then repealed, a rule forbidding camp staffers or even other kids from slathering lotion on campers. Now it's OK, as long as parents say it is. Michener says her daughters also were forbidden to bring hats to school. That's another common policy, Ashley says. "Schools will tell you hats can be signs of gang affiliation." Some schools dodge that danger, he says, by selling or supplying identical sun-safety hats. Parents who find their school or camp lacks a sensible sun-safety policy can form committees to change the policies, he says. Tips on how to do that and what to include are at sunsafetyforkids.org. Michener has joined another group, Project Backback. It also advocates for sun safety at schools and is affiliated with a sunscreen maker.[/QUOTE] [url]http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/story/2012-06-27/sunscreen-policies/55877080/1?csp=hf[/url]
Holy fuck that picture is disgusting.
Who, what? how... Can you even do anything negative to your body with sunscreen besides swallowing it?
...derp. Just...derp. Schools in most reasons advocate it's use, not ban it entirely. Blithering idiots.
[QUOTE=yawmwen;36546016]Holy fuck that picture is disgusting.[/QUOTE] It's just dry skin that has peeled off...have you never had a sunburn?
[QUOTE=rinoaff33;36546060]It's just dry skin that has peeled off...have you never had a sunburn?[/QUOTE] And? Is that relevant to the fact that it looks disgusting?
God, schools are so incredibly paranoid about absolutely fucking everything.
[QUOTE=rinoaff33;36546060]It's just dry skin that has peeled off...have you never had a sunburn?[/QUOTE] Yea I have. Dry, peeling skin is very disgusting to me.
Tacoma, Washington. To be fair, I can understand why the school staff didn't have sunscreen on hand. The Sun is a bit of a myth, here in Washington. Jokes aside, this is terrible.
That's sickening.
I'm sure this is a money thing, some how this will increase the schools revenue some how, in some way.
[QUOTE=Gmod4ever;36546112]Tacoma, Washington. To be fair, I can understand why the school staff didn't have sunscreen on hand. The Sun is a bit of a myth, here in Washington.[/QUOTE] It's summertime and it's been gradually getting sunnier each day. We get plenty of sun in the summer.
Was the image really necessary, its nice to read the news and eat breakfast at the same time and that doesn't exactly make it easy.
Sorry to derail the thread, But is that title really fucking necessary Gmod4ever
[QUOTE]Michener says her daughters also were forbidden to bring hats to school. That's another common policy, Ashley says. "Schools will tell you hats can be signs of gang affiliation." Some schools dodge that danger, he says, by selling or supplying identical sun-safety hats.[/QUOTE] Not to be the guy going ''Murica haha'' but isn't that batshit insane? Like if kids start thinking a Lakers cap or whatever of a certain color is in fashion and they wear at as groups (school is all social circles) then the school panics? And if not that, that last part, it's just weird. I want a picture of those sun-safety hats. Sounds goofy.
[QUOTE=Krype;36546217]Not to be the guy going ''Murica haha'' but isn't that batshit insane? Like if kids start thinking a Lakers cap or whatever of a certain color is in fashion and they wear at as groups (school is all social circles) then the school panics? And if not that, that last part, it's just weird. I want a picture of those sun-safety hats. Sounds goofy.[/QUOTE] In a city near where I live, the hats indicating gang "affiliation" among teenagers is true - they tilt their hats either to the right or to the left to identify which gang they belong to. Of course most of them are too dumb to know their right from their left so now they just use colors.
[QUOTE=Krype;36546217]Not to be the guy going ''Murica haha'' but isn't that batshit insane? Like if kids start thinking a Lakers cap or whatever of a certain color is in fashion and they wear at as groups (school is all social circles) then the school panics? And if not that, that last part, it's just weird. I want a picture of those sun-safety hats. Sounds goofy.[/QUOTE] The ban on hats is a bit silly, I believe. Our school says it's a distraction, although I think that's utter bullshit.
Now I'm really burnt. I personally never use sunscreen, I don't burn, but I've seen some pretty grim looking sunburns regardless.
[QUOTE=Zally13;36546264]The ban on hats is a bit silly, I believe. Our school says it's a distraction, although I think that's utter bullshit.[/QUOTE] Our school won't even let us put hats/hoods on/up until we leave the building. Nobody has given me an answer as to why they don't allow it though, as with a majority of the rules I have problems with. [editline]29th June 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=Vodkavia;36546292]Now I'm really burnt. I personally never use sunscreen, I don't burn, but I've seen some pretty grim looking sunburns regardless.[/QUOTE] I also never use sunscreen, but it's just because my hair shades the rest of my body really well.
is there a study done by some university or something about the current state of mandatory public education if there is, i would like to read it
[QUOTE=rinoaff33;36546246]In a city near where I live, the hats indicating gang "affiliation" among teenagers is true - they tilt their hats either to the right or to the left to identify which gang they belong to. Of course most of them are too dumb to know their right from their left so now they just use colors.[/QUOTE] Why does every school have retarded dress codes like this? Where I go you can't even wear a bandana, regardless of colour. The closest thing we have to a gang my town is a bunch of druggies who like to hangout outside of convenience stores. What use is gang colours on school property?
[QUOTE=DentalDoctor;36546137]Sorry to derail the thread, But is that title really fucking necessary Gmod4ever[/QUOTE] I didn't buy it, Jeeves. [quote=yawmen]It's summertime and it's been gradually getting sunnier each day. We get plenty of sun in the summer.[/quote] I wish I lived where you do. It hasn't stopped raining for the past four days here.
[QUOTE=Ownederd;36546317]is there a study done by some university or something about the current state of mandatory public education if there is, i would like to read it[/QUOTE] yeah here it is: "batshit awful" ~Pbox, M.D.
Looking at it another way, sunscreen can inhibit vitamin D intake from the sun. To make up for that with your diet, you really do need to have a massive one but then you also get the massive intake for all your other needs. Read on the news recently how vitamin D deficiency is growing rapidly among the population, but not sure exactly whether that is because of people putting on sunscreen every time they step outside or not going outside enough. However it is pretty stupid to ban shades and sunscreen for these camps, kids are going to be outside alot and of course you don't want too much exposure.
why is sunscreen an "over-the-counter drug"? i dunno about what they put in sunscreen over in the US but in Australia no one cares, you can buy it from supermarkets and everything. in events like these usually the teachers will bring a few bottles on excursions too if students forget because the sun is a complete killer here
In my school they had teachers sitting at the entrances just waiting to bitch at kids for having their hoods up or a hat on. what was hilarious was you could wear a hat on some days only if you bought a 2$ sticker to do so.
[QUOTE=yawmwen;36546016]Holy fuck that picture is disgusting.[/QUOTE] Seriously, look at the awful quality on that thing.
[QUOTE=AeroSinthetic;36546305][B]Our school won't even let us put hats/hoods on/up until we leave the building. Nobody has given me an answer as to why they don't allow it though, as with a majority of the rules I have problems with.[/B] [editline]29th June 2012[/editline] I also never use sunscreen, but it's just because my hair shades the rest of my body really well.[/QUOTE] Same.
[QUOTE=mechanarchy;36546383]why is sunscreen an "over-the-counter drug"? i dunno about what they put in sunscreen over in the US but in Australia no one cares, you can buy it from supermarkets and everything. in events like these usually the teachers will bring a few bottles on excursions too if students forget because the sun is a complete killer here[/QUOTE] In the US, or at least where I live you can buy them from supermarkets without anyone having a second thought. Some dumbass in the midwest somewhere must have tried snorting sunscreen or something and as a result sunscreen is now banned in public schools across the United States.
-snip- I should refresh before posting something next time.
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