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updated: 10/23/2012 2:57 PM

Students weigh in on whether Buffalo Grove should ban minors from tanning salons

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  • Faraz Shahidpour, 17, of Buffalo Grove High School presents results and answers questions from village trustees at the village hall in Buffalo Grove on Monday about research on the issue "Should the village legislate an age restriction of tanning beds?"

       Faraz Shahidpour, 17, of Buffalo Grove High School presents results and answers questions from village trustees at the village hall in Buffalo Grove on Monday about research on the issue "Should the village legislate an age restriction of tanning beds?"
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Yamini Chandra, 17, of Stevenson High School along with students from Buffalo Grove High School presents results of their research on the issue "Should the village legislate an age restriction of tanning beds?" to village trustees in Buffalo Grove on Monday.

       Yamini Chandra, 17, of Stevenson High School along with students from Buffalo Grove High School presents results of their research on the issue "Should the village legislate an age restriction of tanning beds?" to village trustees in Buffalo Grove on Monday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 

Students from Buffalo Grove and Stevenson high schools weighed the pros and cons of minors using tanning salons during a presentation this week before the Buffalo Grove village board.

As part of a civics exercise, 23 students from both schools were asked to make a case for whether the village should ban minors from tanning salons.

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State law prohibits children under 14 years old from using tanning salons, but allows children between the ages of 14 and 18 years old to tan with written permission from their parents.

The students divided themselves into two groups before Monday's village board committee of the whole meeting and worked through the afternoon on their arguments for and against the village adopting such an ordinance.

The topic of the forum was chosen by the village, though Buffalo Grove in actuality is not considering such a ban, said Carol Berman, deputy building commissioner.

Each group made a PowerPoint presentation and answered questions from board members.

"The first group advocated the adoption of an ordinance banning tanning," Berman said. "And the second group basically didn't feel that the village board should pass any ordinance. They thought this issue was serious, but that it should be addressed by education through the schools, through the family and through information in the media."

The students advocating a ban argued tanning is bad for medical reasons and may cause skin cancer. Both groups pointed out, though, that there are certain medical conditions that could benefit from some tanning, Berman said.

"The students were very engaged," Berman said. "I was just extremely impressed that each and every one of them played an integral role in the presentation."

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