Sick and Tired of Food Allergy Discrimination
We see school bullying happening against kids with food allergies, and it’s not just from the kids. It’s from teachers and other parents.
It disgusts me.
We saw the poor little girl in Florida get protested against by other parents outside of her school. They held up picket signs during drop off in the morning to protest the accommodations being made for this little girl’s severe peanut allergy.
Kids are teased and threatened with foods they are allergic to. Some kids even throw peanuts and the peanut free table in the lunch room. Some kids have gone as far as shoving peanuts down their peanut allergic peer’s throat, causing an allergic reaction and a potential assault charge against themselves. A child was arrested for sneaking peanut into a fellow classmate’s lunchbox knowing it would make her sick.
After recent months of finding disturbing information online, I’ve figured out why kids bully those with food allergies.
Their parents are telling them that it’s okay.
How are they doing this? Discussions in front of the children or with the children about how food allergies aren’t real. Believe me. Food allergies are very real, and no amount of “evidence” that you present to me is going to convince me that my child isn’t allergic to peanuts when, the first time he ever ate peanut butter, his face swelled up. No amount of arguing is going to change my mind about my other son’s milk allergy, when he breaks out into hives and begins wheezing, requiring an emergency room visit for a breathing treatment, a course of oral steroids, and his inhaler for a week straight afterwards while we anxiously wait for his body to clear out all the milk protein.
Food allergies aren’t in anyone’s head. Food allergic individuals are not hypochondriacs.
Maybe the parents aren’t telling their kids that food allergies aren’t real, but they sure act as if people with food allergies are a burden not worth taking on. They behave in a discriminatory fashion against people with food allergies.
The little girl who was protested against at her own school – a parent, on the Internet, suggested that she may just send her child to school with peanut oil all over his backpack.
Yeah…that’s who some kids have a role models. Some people shouldn’t have children.
It doesn’t help when we find gems like these on the Internet encouraging discrimination against people with food allergies.
Yes, it’s supposed to be a joke. But, it’s geared toward children, encouraging them to discriminate against their peanut allergic peers. How well would it go if the sign said, “No Black Kids Allowed,” or “No Wheel-chairs Allowed,” or “No Gays Allowed!”? Yeah…I’m guessing that would be a problem.
The Food Allergy Mom Army was all over that after it was first noticed on the Groupon site. Like wildfire, it was all over Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and allergy web sites. Groupon was getting a lot of attention…negative attention.
Apparently, no one told the Huffington Post or the Buzzfeed sites about this negative media attention when you discriminate against people with food allergies when they published their “Worst Dinner Guest Ever” graphic, encouraging people to dis-invite any guests falling into these categories from their Thanksgiving dinner.
So…yeah…I immediately stopped following all Huffington Post Twitter profiles, and I’m boycotting Buzzfeed. I understand this is supposed to be “comedy”, but I don’t find it funny.
I mean, honestly…do you want to be responsible for a child feeling excluded, crying and cursing himself for having food allergies because you dis-invited him because he’s allergic to nuts and dairy? If you’re okay with that, you are coldhearted, and I don’t want to know you.
- N.J. Assembly committee to reconsider job training bill that Christie previously vetoed (nj.com)
- Helping Families Manage Food Allergy in Schools: Tips and Tools for the Allergist and Nonallergist (myallergysupport.wordpress.com)
- Interview with an allergy child. (charioteers.org)
- Wicked Discrimination and Special Saturday team up for a Blogger Weekend (specialsaturday.org)