Girl, 11, Challenges School District Ban on Chapstick

| by Michael Allen

Stuarts Draft Elementary School in Craigsville, Va., does not allow students to use Chapstick because the Augusta County School Board considers it an over-the-counter medication.

George Earhart, an assistant superintendent for the Augusta County Schools, recently told The News Virginian that Chapstick is only allowed if a doctor requests that a student use it. In that case, Chapstick has to be applied by a school nurse.

Earhart added that the school board is worried about students sharing medications.

Grace Karaffa, 11, recently presented a petition with 236 signatures (to allow children to use Chapstick in school) to the school board.

Karaffa, who attends Stuarts Draft Elementary School, told the school board that children, including herself, experience chapped lips on the playground.

“I was told I couldn’t use it," said Karaffa. "Then later that day [my lips] started to bleed so I asked for Chapstick again and I was told that it was against the school policy for elementary kids to have Chapstick. Chapstick allows the human body to heal the lips themselves and protects them in any weather from drying out."

Karaffa also told WHSV, “I don’t think it’s right for kids to have bleeding lips during class. They think it’s a medicine and it’s just a stick of Vaseline.”

Sources: WHSV, The News Virginian (Image Credit: Bo Riser)