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Parents question Johnston County's ban on lip balm

Posted November 26, 2010

As temperatures and humidity dropped this fall, parents in Johnston County learned about an unusual policy change in the schools.

Students can no longer bring lip balm to school without a note.

Schools spokeswoman Terri Sessoms said the rule is in place to prevent the spread of germs when children share the sticks.

Dr. Chuck Williams, who has three sons in Johnston County schools, doubts there is really a threat.

"There's not really toxicity with Chapstick that I'm aware of," he said Friday.

"I'm sure the intention is good, in terms of protecting the kids from communicable diseases.  But probably just the closeness in the classroom and the proximity to one another in the winter time is just as dangerous as anything else they're doing in terms of using Chapstick. So, again, it seems just a little bit over the top," he said.

Sessoms said lip balm falls into the same category as other limited, non-medicine items like hand sanitizer, sunscreen and baby wipes. She said teachers use the notes as a reminder to deter sharing in the classroom.

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Lisa Sturgeon, who is a nurse and parent, thinks that is a lesson better learned at home.

"I understand maybe if they wanted to emphasize it a little bit more with the younger children -- kindergarten, first grade -- who they think might not follow those rules, but my kids have never shared," she said.

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  • laklein916 Nov 29, 2010

    LIP BALM!!! The only time its a distraction is when they put it on when the teacher is teaching! They need to focus on important stuff not lip balm.

  • saoirsecat25 Nov 29, 2010

    Would seem that Johnston County Schools have amore pressing problem with driver education......seems they have had quite a few fatal accidents there over the last couple of years...I don't think lip balm caused any of them.

  • wewoods Nov 29, 2010

    Don't worry folks, it will still be available on the black market.

    I remember the day when my mom sent me to a sick friends house, to get sick! Sound twisted? Getting sick strengthens your immune system which in turn keeps you more healthy. Growing up germless only makes it worse when you do finally come in contact with germs. I really thought our educators would know that...No its not fun getting sick, but in the end its worth it.

  • rebecca7 Nov 29, 2010

    This is all getting way too ridiculous! The government needs to get our of our personal lives and do their 'real' jobs. Quit telling me what I can eat or if I'm allowed to have chap stick. Really??? I agree, Dixiecrat - Welcome to the Nanny States of America.

  • carrboroyouth Nov 29, 2010

    "She said teachers use the notes as a reminder to deter sharing in the classroom."

    Aww, but I thought in kindergarten we're supposed to be teaching kids how to share! Haha, what a silly rule to enforce.

  • Here We Go Again Nov 29, 2010

    "My IQ drops a little when I cross the county line into "Johnson" County. I have gotten dumber since I moved close to the Wake/Johnson border. Really." - jenforthewin

    You DO realize 70, 301 and 95 will also lead you out of Johnston (not Johnson) County?

  • mbarbour2 Nov 29, 2010

    Yes, it is quit apparent that your IQ has dropped since its "Johnston" not "Johnson"

  • jenforthewin Nov 29, 2010

    My IQ drops a little when I cross the county line into "Johnson" County. I have gotten dumber since I moved close to the Wake/Johnson border. Really.

  • lissa420733 Nov 29, 2010

    Really, that is ridiculous. I am addicted to that stuff, good thing I am done with school.

  • stupiditydeservesnosympathy Nov 29, 2010

    Reason 523 why I don't live in Johnston County.

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