My son is severely allergic to tree nuts and peanuts. His school's way of handling the allergy is mainly through isolation (i.e. nut free table). He was seriously bullied last year because of the allergy. He had a child try to put a peanut granola bar in his mouth, someone left a wad of PB near his lunch box, etc. We met with the school, and they were very proactive. We also had a 504 plan put in place for him. All staff were trained to how recognize allergy symptoms and what to do in case of an allergic reaction. Kids in my son's class saw a presentation on food allergy, etc. The rest of the kids in the school were supposed to see it, but I don't think they ever did. Anyway, skip to this school year. I thought that things had been going very well. And, while there haven't been any outright threats, my son is being teased. He hates going to recess. He finally told me that there are some kids who call him "Peanut Boy." And, one child shakes his pocket and tells him that it's full of peanuts that he'll lob his way. Others tell him that they're going to smear PB&J on his lunch table. Sigh. I know that teasing is part of growing up (my son is 8, but teasing someone because of a disability is just unacceptable to me. And, teasing in a way that is actually a true threat is unacceptable. I'm not sure what to do. I've asked him if he's told them that what they're saying hurts his feeling. Has he explained that it's no fun having an allergy, and that peanuts could actually kill him. He hasn't. He told me that he just walks away hoping they'll become bored and find a new target . I guess that's a step up from the meltdowns he used to have. How have you all handled this issue? Any advice for me to give my son? Thank you.
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