peanut free class distributes peanut candy on v-day
Hey everyone! I am just looking for support...people that understand.
My son is severe PA, had his reaction on the way to see santa when he was three, he is now 7. We gave him his epi-pen, and he had a second reaction in the ambulance.
His school has been better than most in the area. His classroom is peanut free, though the school is not. His teacher has been great thus far, but I'm frustrated today.
A letter had been sent home in the beginning of the year to designate it a peanut free classroom. I found out today, a parent (who knows better) sent in a v-day treat bag with a peanut candy in it. The candy was wrapped, and in another bag with other treats.
The treat bag was placed into my son's v-day bag with all the other candy. The teacher went through his bag, and took this goody bag out and kept it on her desk. My policy is that my son is not to eat/receive any food I have not provided (there is always a stash in the classroom). Her classroom policy is no peanuts.
My issue is two-fold. One, either you are or aren't peanut free. If you are peanut free, which it supposedly is, there should NEVER be peanut anything passed around. Two, I had to have my son throw out his whole v-day bag because of the possibility of cross-contamination from the peanut candy. He was devastated.
My thoughts are this, I would rather keep him safe than deal with some stupid candy. I always try to make these things better with extra treats, etc., that are safe. The teacher didn't see the problem because the candy was double wrapped. What if they ate the candy while making the bags--they could get residue on the bags. What if the kids were eating it in the classroom? etc.
It's so hard to get people to understand. Unless their child almost died, they just don't. We don't let them cross the street by themselves, what's the difference? Either you are peanut free or not. The candy should have been sent home with a note stating the classroom is peanut free. If it was a cross-contamination candy, I wouldn't be so upset, but it was a PEANUT candy.
Do you all understand what I'm saying? We will be going to the principal's office tomorrow morning. They can think I'm a freak if they want to, let's see what happens if they lived in my shoes...