This Fifth-Grade Student Is Trying to Change Her School’s No-Chapstick Policy


A fifth-grade student in Virginia set about collecting signatures on a petition after a teacher told her that Chapstick is too dangerous for kids.

Grace Karaffa, 11, had asked her teacher if she could use some Chapstick to soothe her dry lips.

The teacher, however, refused her request, and went on to explain a school policy that views Chapstick as being too dangerous for children.

“They said it was some sort of medicine, and it’s not because it’s just a little stick of Vaseline,” Grace said.

The student then set out and collected more than 230 signatures for a petition, which she presented to the school board in Stuarts Draft last week.

At a school board meeting on Thursday, Grace explained, “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.”

According to George Earhart, the assistant superintendent with Augusta County Schools, Chapstick is considered an over-the-counter medication, and, as such, it is off-limits to kids. He said that Chapstick could be allowed if a physician asked for a student to use it, and it was administered by a school nurse.

Earhart also promised that the board will take Grace’s request under advisement.

Sources: Newser, Daily Progress

Photo Sources: Newser, Daily Progress


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