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Child's Peanut Butter Sandwich Confiscated at Peanut-Free School

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In Arkansas, a student's peanut butter and jelly sandwich was confiscated by a teacher at a peanut-free school.

One child in the elementary school class has a severe peanut allergy. That student's mother, who happens to be a nurse, believes that people with allergies should learn how to effectively manage the problem, rather than "live in a bubble."

Yet the school her child attends has gone peanut free in an effort to protect kids with food allergies. No peanut products are found on the lunch menu. The district's nutrition coordinator Clint Walker explain that the policy was instituted a few years ago, because " With the increasing risk of allergies, more students have an allergy to peanut butter and items with peanut butter in them."

Peanut Butter Sandwich Taken From Student

According to Walker, students are still allowed to bring peanuts products, such as a PB&J sandwich, from home. Yet when one student brought a peanut butter sandwich for lunch recently, it was confiscated by the school as a possible danger to the classmate with a peanut allergy. Some other schools across the nation have no-peanut allergies; peanut products are not even allowed in lunches brought from home. Yet such policies are rarely actively enforced through confiscation of lunches, as apparently happened in this case.

This story has already stirred quite the debate over how far schools should go to protect students from coming into contact with peanuts. What do you think of this school's actions?

Source: Today's THV

By Renmac on Fri, 10-19-12, 14:26

I so very much agree about peanut free schools. I cyber school my daughter who is in kindergarten because our schools are NOT peanut free. I get so mad when parents of non allergic kids complain that their child's rights are being taken away because they are not allergic to peanuts and their kids want pb&j for lunch. Get real. You wouldn't take someone allergic to bees to a place to gather honey!!!! They don't get it that one small exposure to peanuts could kill our children. We struggle as parents of PA parents to limit exposure so we won't have to ever use the epi-pen. The most horrible feeling in the word is to watch a loved one struggle to breathe knowing there is not anything you can do but give the epi-pen and race to the hospital hoping that the pen works. Maybe they should have to see a child have a peanut reaction to truly GET IT!!!

By Dasha1128 on Fri, 09-28-12, 04:37

I think there is a line between keeping allergic safe that crosses into hysteria. Of course no parent will admit that. Maybe I am naive but I think FA children can be kept safe without outright bans.

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By Ivanyalessa on Thu, 09-27-12, 16:11

Some parents might think that this is not fair for the rest of the students. However what they don't understand is that something so simple yet can kill a person in no time. We almost loose our son last year because he swallow a small piece of reese cup that was given to him by a friend at school. Thank God he ate it at home and we were able to intervene.

Public schools are another totally story and to have a law like this one is very hard...very hard...

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By sdamore2003 on Thu, 09-27-12, 14:29

I agree. More schools should go peanut free. We are talking about a potentially life threatening situation. Students should be aware that what they are eating could cause the death of the person sitting next to them. I hope in the near future to see more schools going peanut free.

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By rrimmer on Tue, 09-25-12, 22:37

I think it's great. I wish more schools would enforce their peanut free policy. It should be zero tolerance just like meds. You can't bring guns, finger nail clippers, nail file, advil, pocketknife....the list goes on. These items are treated with ZERO tolerance. Peanuts can kill my daughter - alot easier than any of these items listed above. I like that the lunch was taken away. Take away the lunch and give the child a cafeteria lunch. He shouldn't go hungry just because the rules weren't followed.

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