The above statement is true, more true than most people are aware of, especially when a child is anaphylactic to peanuts.
But you wouldn’t have found anything so true on any of the picket signs at a Florida elementary school this morning as parents of non-food allergic children protested new policies put into place to protect a peanut allergic 1st grader’s life.
New rules were put in place when the 1st grader’s doctor stated that she had severe contact allergies to peanut residue. Case in point – if you have peanuts on your breath while talking to this child, her life would be in danger.
It’s that severe.
So the school implemented a new policy to protect the life of this 1st grader.
That’s what it takes to keep this child safe from small amounts of an allergen that could prove fatal to her if inhaled or touched.
But parents of other students in the school who don’t have peanut allergies are outraged that their children are being forced to wash out their mouths and that they are prevented from bringing peanut containing treats to school.
Cry me a friggin river!
Granted, some parents are upset that a peanut sniffing dog was brought into the school. I can understand this concern, as I have dog allergies. Being in a building with a dog can make me incredibly ill. So I’m with the parents on that concern. However, complaining about not being able to bring peanut butter to school and having the kids wash out their mouths and clean their hands is just plain ridiculous.
Where is the compassion?
This little girl and her parents live in fear every moment that she is outside of their home. You never know when you’ll come across a new friend who just ate a peanut butter sandwich and didn’t wash her hands thoroughly before going out. You never know if someone in the next room is about to open a peanut buttery treat that will release the deadly proteins that she will then inhale and nearly die from. Going to a playground would be next to impossible. What if someone’s child got peanut residue on the slide? This is a severe food allergy reaction that puts this girl’s life in danger every minute of every day. The doctors, her parents and the school are trying to make her time at school as safe and worry free as possible.
And these other parents are complaining about mouth washing.
The original article can be found here: http://www.cfnews13.com/article/news/2011/march/216839/Peanut-allergy-panic-at-Edgewater-school-has-peeved-parents-protesting
This reminds me of all the times I’ve taken my kids to indoor play areas where food wasn’t allowed (posted rules, people! Read them!), but kids were running around with snacks containing peanuts and milk – both foods my kids are allergic to. Why are people so inconsiderate?
What are your thoughts on this story?
UPDATE: A Mom to a peanut allergic child attending a public school in Florida compares her son’s plan to the one that these parents are protesting. The school has implemented these policy changes successfully and without incident, and the other parents and students are fully supportive! My Kid is Special Too – The Allergic Kid
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