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Kids get sunburn, mom gets angry after school bans sunscreen

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TACOMA, Wash. -

A Washington state mother is whipping up an Internet frenzy after posting photos of her children who were severely burned at school because they were not allowed to put on sunscreen.

Jesse Michener was horrified when her three fair-skinned daughters came home with first- and second-degree sunburns after Field Day at Point Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma last week.

"I took all three children to Tacoma General last night and their burns were met with concern from doctors and staff alike," Michener wrote on her blog. "Violet is starting to blister on her face."

One of the girls has Albinism and an extreme sensitivity to the sun. Michener did not apply sunscreen to the children before school because "it was raining."

Michener said one teacher even applied her own sunscreen in her daughter's presence, but wouldn't let her daughter use it because it was "just for her."

The school's online handbook, written in accordance with state guidelines, says a physician must sign a form to authorize all medication, whether over-the-counter or prescription, and that medication must be administered by school staff. Sunscreen would fall in the over-the-counter category.

Michener also says on her blog that hats are not allowed at school, even on Field Day, but the online handbook does say hats are allowed outside the school.

Reaction to Michener's story is wide-ranging.

"I am so appalled by the inability of anyone at that school to use common sense or compassion when faced with ANYTHING having to do with children," wrote Lenore.

"Schools are beyond crazy with their stupid rules," said Amber.

"This is not the school's fault. It's yours," wrote E. "Sure, it was the first Field Day, But, was this really the first time your kids were outside playing all afternoon?"

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