It's not just guns. For years now, the kids face explusion if they even bring in a cough drop when they have been, or still are, sick. (We are stuck with lemon drop candies during the cold season). Girls can't be discrete and bring Midol in their backpacks anymore. No Tylenol for a headache or toothache.
if you want ANY OTC medicine, you have to go to the doctor, have a written prescription for the school, and then have the kid go to the office to have it given to them, causing a great deal of wasted time and embarrassment. And woe to the kids with ADHD or diabetes who need to take meds regularly. I know plenty of kids who refuse to take their meds rather than suffer the embarrassment of dealing with the system. The end result has been the paramedics arriving for diabetes flareups instead.
Yes, yes, this was meant to curb illegal drugs and kids passing out meds to other kids on campus, where the school might incur civil liability, but this has become insane. There is NO leeway for teachers to exercise common sense without jeopardizing their own careers.
Someone, somewhere has to exercise common sense. But while they are more afraid of civil suits than they are of students suffering from overbroad rules, that aparently will never happen. Heck, if you think about it, one of the most deadly things now for some people is peanuts. Will they outlaw those at school next? It only makes sense if it is concern for other students and civil liability.
I would suggest something so simple as just having the parent, rather than a medical doctor, write a note to allow a minor to bring OTC medicines to school. If the child shares, then common sense should apply. Cough drops in cold season are harmless enough and one would assume diabetics know better than to ask for them if they contain sugar.
Do these people have ANY idea how hard it is to get in to see a doctor for something so stupid as just getting a prescription for cold medicines?!! And when you do go in, the doctors go into a flaming hissy fit over wasting their time over a cold. And with many HMOs (like mine), you can't effectively get the doctor to write a presciption even for OTCs unless they see the child - their concern over civil suits too. (That's assuming you can even get in for an appointment prior to the child no longer needing the medicine). It's a no-win situation. I really don't appreciate the time lost at work either, when I have to drive to school, pick up a child, drive back to the doctor for a silly prescription for an OTC, and then drive to school or home, then back to work again.
Oh, yes, and the dumb civil suits have to go too. Should be penalties for bringing those frivilous actions that would dissuade both the party bringing it and any attorney who might want to run a silly action.