Some teachers focus on making you do your homework; others find it more important for you to take your makeup off. The Sun reports that when a teen YouTube beauty vlogger encountered the latter, she wound up having a frightening allergic reaction to the remover a school authority allegedly forced her to use — and ended up with a burning face and a trip to the ER, plus weeks of steroid treatment.
Outside during a fire drill, “The dean was staring at me. I think she hated me. Yeah, she hated me,” says Caito Potatoe, of New Zealand, in a video called “My Teacher Nearly Killed Me / Storytime” she posted Tuesday about the 2-year-old incident. She continues, “She took one look at me, one look at me, and she was like, ‘Are you wearing makeup?’” Potatoe says she then explained that she’d just come from a photo shoot but that the dean refused to hear her out.
The vlogger flashes a photo during the clip, showing what she looked like on the day of the shoot. Her makeup — to our eyes — was very subtle, including only groomed brows, soft eyeshadow, hot pink lipstick, and gently blushed cheeks. To be on the safe side, she made sure to remove her bright lipstick and eyeshadow before heading to school. But as it turned out, the dean still thought she shouldn’t have any on at all.
Even with very clean no-makeup makeup, she said her dean continued to pressure her, saying, “You need to go to the office right now and take that makeup off.” Potatoe pleaded and told the dean that she would be leaving shortly, but still the dean wouldn’t budge.
The YouTube personality was forced to go to the school’s office, and she noticed the makeup remover that was there would give her an allergic reaction, so instead of using it, she just went back outside. She said she was told again, “Why didn’t you take your makeup off? It’s against the rules to have makeup on.” Potatoe then mentioned she would have an allergic reaction but was told once more to take it off.
She went back in as instructed and used a piece of toilet paper and the makeup remover provided to cleanse the makeup from her face. Instantly, she says, her face began to burn. “It was so hot. I wasn’t surprised that my face did not set off the fire alarm.” After sitting for the remainder of the day in burning pain, she went home and attempted to shower off the product. She woke up the next morning with a swollen face and could barely open her eyes, according to the video. Soon after, she was rushed to the ER, as things got so bad her throat started closing up. The doctors saw her immediately and put her on steroids to calm the inflammation in her face.
Potatoe says she suffered for weeks before she fully healed — all because the dean wouldn’t let her keep her makeup on. Luckily, she’s in much better spirits these days and teased a message toward the school official, saying, “You’re just too jealous that I looked hot, fly as heck that day, and you were just walking around with black eyeliner.”
Check out the full video (above) for Potatoe’s take on her experience.
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