Mother fired up after Kindergartner gets severe sunburn at school

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EVADALE, Texas – An Evadale Elementary student missed his Kindergarten graduation because a sunburn hurt too much for him to put on a shirt, much less a robe. Hunter Smith’s mother said her son got the severe sunburn while attending Water Day at school Tuesday.

“I was outraged. I really was. I took him in and immediately put him in cold water and put medicine on him. Everything I could because he had goosebumps, he was shivering,” Jamie Conner said.

Conner said the district requested parents pack an extra pair of clothes and sunscreen for Water Day. But Conner said the sunscreen she packed for her son was never used.

She said parents were also asked not to pack swimsuits because the students would have to follow dress code. She said this is why she does not understand why boys were allowed to take their shirts off.

“I never thought I would send my kid to school for Water Day and he would come home fried. Especially when I sent sunscreen with him and it never got touched,” Conner said.

Evadale Independent School District Superintendent Gary Fairchild said there is an ongoing investigation into how the oversight occurred.

A district spokesperson said it is taking steps to make sure another student is not burned in the future.

Source: KBMT


  • Love the day!

    This was child abuse; what is the difference if a parent allowed his/her child to stay out in the sun and get burnt or a teacher allowing a student to stay in the sun and get burnt? There is no excuse for this and the sun screen the mother sent in should have been applied to that child! This is so sad because this little boy had to miss his kindergarten graduation!

  • mbaker9105

    It’s ridiculous, but it’s not child abuse, it’s maybe child neglect. The difference being Child Abuse is an act of commission, and Child Neglect is an act of omission. This is per the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services. Sounds like they just need to put a policy in place (probably don’t have one for this, so it’s probably the schools fault legally). And we need to stop sending our educators conflicting messages. On the one hand, we expect them to babysit our children and every aspect of their lives all day (soda machines, lunch menus, bullying, etc.), But then someone like that lady that recently complained because her daughters school sent home a letter saying her BMI indicated she was overweight is “shocked” and worried about her daughters mental health now. And Lord help them if they try to discipline a disruptive child that the parent obviously has raised poorly. I sure feel sorry for the kid, we’ve all been sunburned and it really stinks, nothing but time being miserable for a bit will heal it :(

    • krista

      First and foremost, did mom apply sunscreen prior to the child leaving for school? Most dermatologists recommend putting on sunscreen at least an hour before going out in the sun. This gives the product time to sink into the skin and form that barrier. Putting sunscreen on while in the sun and wet, doesn’t provide the same coverage. The child should have kept his shirt on and chaperones should have enforced the dress code.


    Stop looking to blame everybody else for your inability to parent! Next time you pack sunscreen for your kid, show him how to use it and teach him why. “Parents” these days don’t take responsibility for doing their own jobs. Teachers are humans with a lot of responsibilities. It’s unfair how they are required to be your replacements during the day, when really all they signed up for, and get paid for, is to educate your children. Proper use of sunblock probably isn’t in the curriculum!

    • Gaousul Azam

      You comments very nicely and utter the right thing. Teacher’s have a lot of responsibility during water day;its not his responsibility to every students sunscreen use…

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