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Should Schools Ban Peanut Butter to Protect Kids With Allergies?
And the peanut war rages on.
A student in Viola, Arkansas had his PB&J sandwich confiscated at lunchtime, (the school has a no-peanut-products policy) which was then followed up by a note sent home explaining the situation to his mother. The note wasn’t received too well and she took to Facebook to complain – this resulted in a “School Nut Ban Discussion” page for parents debating the pros and cons of the policy. Since then, hundreds of VERY opinionated parents have chimed in on the debate. I went on the FB page and found some interesting comments:
“I am sorry that some children have peanut allergies etc... But, maybe they should consider the peanut allergy children eat in a separate area? I don't think this is too much to ask since there are (I am assuming) and handful off them that have the allergy? My daughter has autism and this is the only thing she will pack in her lunch box. She is also "separated" from the rest of her class during certain times of the day because of her "Special issue" Why would I expect the rest of her class to be disrupted by her condition? So why should peanut allergy be any different?”
“At the end of the day this is a public school and such rules shouldn't be enforced for a small few. I think the parents of those children should consider alternative educational options if the allergy is that bad. Many children and adults enjoy a great pb&j sandwich for the affordability as well as the convenience. These personal issues really should be handled at home; this really should not become every child's issue.”
“I joined this discussion because I am so sick of hearing about nut allergies. Many children and adults have allergies that they need to learn to deal with. Don't penalize 99.9% of the school for 1 child's allergy.”
Neither one of my kids has a peanut allergy – nor the schools in my town don’t ban peanut products. They separate the children with allergies and have them sit at a designated table. This has kept most parents happy. But a friend of mine in another town isn’t even allowed to give her little ones peanut butter for BREAKFAST though (and forget about LUNCH) – the fear is that it will stay on the hands of the kids and endanger those who have severe allergies. While I think the breakfast ban is a bit severe, I try to think of how I’d feel if it were MY kid…and I’d want to do everything possible to keep them safe.
Do you think schools should ban peanut products to protect children with allergies?