Originally published on Jul 2, 2014:
In June, government busybodies taught one book-loving little boy a hard lesson about the letter of the law when his miniature "library" ran afoul of city codes, while the control freaks across the pond worked to keep jolly old England jolly by banning memorial plaques in public parks because they're "too depressing." But this month's top dishonor goes to a school district in Texas, which decided that protecting students from "toxic" sunscreen is more important than protecting them from the sun.
The San Antonio school district stands by its ban on sunscreen despite one 10-year-old student getting a sunburn on a class field trip after a teacher confiscated the dangerous lotion.
"Sunscreen is a toxic substance, and we can't allow toxic substances to be in our school," said North East Independent District spokesperson Aubrey Chancellor. "They could possibly have an allergic reaction [or] they could ingest it. It's really a dangerous situation."
More dangerous than a sunburn? More dangerous than skin cancer, which, incidentally, the student's grandfather passed away from recently?
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