July 5, 2011 1 Comment
You know I’m a sucker for stories about crazy over-reactive parents leading to absurd laws and policies. Here’s the latest example and it’s nice to know its getting some pushback from the saner elements of the public:
Maryland health officials were making revisions late Friday night to a new policy that would have severely restricted who could apply sunscreen to children attending summer camps.
The new policy, which was issued last month, ordered summer camp operators to steer away from assisting kids with applying sunscreen and to get parents’ permission before letting any child use sunscreen at camp…
The guidelines said, “Camp staff should limit touching the camper as much as possible. Under no circumstances should campers assist each other in the application of sunscreen.” The policy also prohibited camps from supplying sunscreen to campers.
The rationale? Why the campers’ sense of personal safety:
Health officials had argued that their motivation was strictly about safety. “Our intention is certainly not to discourage the use of sunblock,” Mitchell said. “It’s really to walk a fine line between protecting kids’ skin and making sure they feel personally safe.”
Oh please! I know nothing threatened me more when I was a kid than somebody assisting me with sunscreen. I’ve over the mental scars thanks to years of therapy. And here’s the key fact in all this:
Mitchell said he did not know of any cases of inappropriate touching by counselors that might have led to the new regulations. [emphasis mine]
I wonder what other regulations they can come up with for problems that don’t actually exist.