Thursday, September 11, 2014


This is a tragic story which you can read here. It's reminds me of the Homeric sagas and the pathos is genuine and bloody silly. A school official was asked why an 11 year old girl couldn't be permitted chapstick before her lips split and bled all over the playground exposing over 600 little children to possible ebola or HIV contamination.
George Earhart, the assistant superintendent for administration with the Augusta County Schools, said Chapstick is considered an over-the-counter medication by the school board. The board has a policy regarding such medicines. He said Chapstick could be allowed if a physician asked for a student to use it, and it was administered by a school nurse.
If you were lured off by the link to read the story, rejoice in the first comment posted there. It's a gem.
John Armstrong · Project Accountant at Shafer, Kline & Warren
I say fight absurdity with absurdity. Get all 680 students to have a doctors permission to use Chapstick. That requires the school to store all 680 tubes, individually labled to prevent cross-contamination, and have all 680 students line up so the school nurse can apply it for them. That should make the point well enough.

Chapstick: a gateway drug.


Buck said...

Forgive me, but... Oh, my aching ass!

HMS Defiant said...

I don't wish to shoot them, but oh my God pistol whipping sounds about right. And sure enough, they'd freak out over a gun on school property. :)