School Bans Medicine Epileptic Girl Needs to Take Daily

Should children with medical conditions be allowed to use drugs at school? That seems to be the hot topic of debate as Vermont mom Megan Vaughan is disappointed her daughter Aurora's elementary school won't allow the 10-year-old to use hemp oil on their property.


Megan Vaughan's daughter, Aurora, has a form of epilepsy that has caused numerous seizures (try up to 40 a day) since Aurora was a 2-month-old baby. Like any parent, Megan just wants to end her daughter's suffering -- and if that means using hemp oil three times a day (Aurora has to take it before her seizure medication), then so be it.

No matter all the amazing medical effects hemp oil seems to have on Aurora, the 10-year-old still has to exit class twice a day so she can meet her mom off school property to get her dosage. Needless to say, Megan was really hoping the school would help in the process (each dosage cuts into class time), but Bristol Elementary School says nope.

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You might be one of those parents who ask why a school nurse can't administer something like oil if a student needs it. After all, there are more complicated medications out there that get the green light, so why not this? Even though many states have policies in place on how to handle prescription and nonprescription medications, the big issue here is the actual hemp oil.

I can only imagine how frustrated this mother -- and any mother whose child benefits from medical marijuana -- feels in this situation. Especially when you consider that many states have made it legal, federal laws don't always seem to mirror such decisions. From the sound of things, it doesn't seem like Aurora's elementary school is purposely trying to be difficult, but rather, they are fearful they might lose out on federal funds as they need to uphold a drug-free environment.

Seeing as Megan has to visit her daughter's school twice a day to give her daughter hemp oil, I don't know what the most time-effective solution would be. I mean, obviously the school's doing it would be speedier, but if they aren't going to budge out of fear of funding, they aren't going to budge.

Since school has started, there seems to be tons of discussions about school policies and whether or not rules should be bent to accommodate individuals with reasonable "excuses." I completely understand parents and those in favor of medical marijuana who think think this decision is silly, but this seems bigger than an official's simply saying no because he or she disagrees with it.


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