What Happened to These Boys on a Daycare Field Trip Is Shocking. Who Is to Blame?
Sun safety is definitely a reoccurring theme during the summer months, especially now that we're in the height of the summer. We're constantly reminded that sunburns, cancer, and heat stroke are very real threats to your children's health and safety. Unfortunately, it's the malicious sunburns that are the ones doing the reminding.
I'm sure you've seen them — the blistering burns that cover shoulders and back. Beyond my man boobs, sunburns are the things that keep me from exposing my skin to the sun's rays.
While we're still on the topic of blistering burns that cover the shoulders and back, prepare to be shocked, and take a look at this.
As was reported by Buzzfeed, Shaunna Broadway, a mom from Oklahoma, dropped her two boys, ages 5 and 7, off at daycare on a Friday when the heat index was pushing 118 degrees F.
The ironically named Happiness Is a Learning Center had plans to take the children to the splash pad that day. Their first mistake seems to be taking the children to a water park in absurdly hot weather. Their second mistake was rolling into the splash pad without any sunscreen of any kind for any of the kids. The daycare workers supposedly told all of the kids to keep their shirts on so that the sun wouldn't roast their skin, but Shaunna's boys decided to do otherwise.
By the end of the day, the two Broadway boys had been fried by the sun — second- and third-degree burns that were accompanied by jeers from the daycare workers. When the next morning came, massive blisters appeared on the boys' backs and they were immediately taken to the hospital. Since then, the boys have remained in the hospital, waiting until they're in good enough shape to go home.
But this begs the question: Was the daycare at fault for not putting sunscreen on them? Shouldn't Mom have slathered some sunscreen on ahead of time? I mean, other preventative measures aren't necessarily taken at the daycare, like the mandatory brushing of teeth after a meal or a snack.
In fact, some daycares refuse to apply sunscreen to children because of tricky laws and concerns that parents that might get them into some trouble, so the parents are asked to put sunscreen on their own children before they arrive at daycare.
What do you think? Are parents responsible for protecting their children from the sun, or do daycares have the added responsibility of keeping children safe from everything, even the sun, while their parents are at work? Let me know what you think!