? About Peanut Butter Sandwich in Swimming Pool

Posted on: Tue, 05/23/2006 - 1:16pm
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Hi, I am new and this is my first post. We found out our son had a PA when he was 16mos. old, he is for 4 yrs old. I know the title sounded odd, but my daughter just told me that the girl next door to us threw a peanut butter sandwich into our swimming pool. We haven't opened the pool yet, it is green and needs to be shocked and cleaned up. So my question to you is should the pool be drained? or will us shocking it be enough. I have no clue about this situation. It is driving me crazy that I found out about this so late at night and I can't go over there and say anything to them until morning. I know I will call out Allergist, but I can't wait. What do you think about this, what would you do?

Thank You, Maria

Posted on: Tue, 05/23/2006 - 1:35pm
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I don't know the answer to your question...I just wanted to say, "OMG!!! what a little sh*t!" I hope she gets punished...
Adrienne

Posted on: Tue, 05/23/2006 - 1:43pm
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i'm not sure what you should do but we had a similar thing happen last year. a little girl jumped into the neighborhood pool while chewing on some type of fun-size candy bar. because she had put the entire thing into her mouth AND jumped into the pool at the same time, she choked about the time she hit the water and threw up the partially chewed SNICKERS bar in the pool. she was actually choking at one point. (i found out it was a snickers bar when i asked the child who was with her). i immediately took my kids out of the pool and home. besides the PA factor, it was just GROSS. don't the craziest things happen??? but, at least in my situation, it was not something that was done with malicious intent. do you think your neighbor child did it because your child was PA???? if so, i would be sure she doesn't spend any funtime at your pool this summer (and certainly no unsupervised time around your child). let's hope it was accidental or an oversight. joey

Posted on: Tue, 05/23/2006 - 1:50pm
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I believe she knew what she was doing, she knows my son has the allergy and this girl was a friend of my daughters until recently. She is a 12 yr BRAT that is hateful, mean and someone you just down right hate. I know I shouldn't talk about a child like this but, if you knew this girl you would know why and believe me her parents won't do a thing about this.
Maria
[This message has been edited by antree (edited May 23, 2006).]

Posted on: Tue, 05/23/2006 - 3:34pm
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If this was deliberate, it was an assault based upon your child's disability. You should let the local police know about this situation. Just for future reference... and if they see it the way you do (no guarantee, of course) then some nice uniformed officer might be willing to chat with the other family about her attempt on your child's life. Because if you don't put a stop to it, it may well escalate.
As for the sandwich, I really don't know... I would think that by the time you shocked the pool and filtered and cleaned there wouldn't be any hazard... but this depends on how much pn protein was in the water. The safe move, of course, is to drain it. You could also point [i]this[/i] out to police and this girl's parents.
Good luck-- sounds like you have neighbors from he**.

Posted on: Tue, 05/23/2006 - 7:21pm
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This sort of hateful child really scares me. I feel so sorry for them and I get angry at the parents.
Tough one about your pool. Is the sandwich still there? Can you see remants of it? How many gallons of water does you pool hold? I'm wondering if this qualifies as property damage also.
I think I'd call an attorney on this too. I mean how do you clean that short of draining the pool and scrubbing the sides to make sure there is no protein? If you can find someone to test it, the girl's family should at least pay for the testing.
Just curious how testing can be done, I did a google search and came up with these:
[url="http://www.eurofins.com/food-testing/food-analyses/allergene/en#anchor7"]http://www.eurofins.com/food-testing/food-analyses/allergene/en#anchor7[/url]
[url="http://www.tepnel.com/ag_bio_and_food_testing/allergen_products.asp"]http://www.tepnel.com/ag_bio_and_food_testing/allergen_products.asp[/url]

Posted on: Tue, 05/23/2006 - 10:08pm
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I have a pool, the shock and chemicals you will need to clear up the algae and muck should take care of your problem.
On the other hand, the parents of this child need to be made aware of what she did. This is unacceptable. If they are not receptive to dealing with their child in a way that she is punished and made aware of the seriousness of her actions, i would take further measures to make sure she "gets it."

Posted on: Tue, 05/23/2006 - 11:44pm
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I just spoke with her mother, I told her what happened and that the sandwich was still floating in the pool. She says she will talk with her daughter today and get back to me. I said that this was serious and that I was scared to death and I have a call in with the Dr. to see what they recommend. I was shocked that her mother talked with me, we never seem to be able to communicate when it comes to the kids, but she listened and lets hope she understands how serious this can be. I will note what happened and when it happened, so if there is anymore problems my next step will be the authorities. Thank You for all the replies,
it helped a lot.
Maria

Posted on: Wed, 05/24/2006 - 1:21am
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Is this a pool on your property? That child being 12 would know better! Doesn't the pool have a filtation system and definelty get the remnants out of the pool with the net.

Posted on: Wed, 05/24/2006 - 2:14am
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Maria,
Take a photo before you remove the sandwich. Then, take another photo of the sandwich after it is removed to verify that it is indeed a PB sandwich.
Just adding to your paper trail.
Daisy

Posted on: Wed, 05/24/2006 - 6:11am
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wow - so you think it was indeed intentional. That sort of hatred and disregard for human life in someone, a 12 year old at that, is just so wrong. Honestly, I don't know many outright mean people, like how you see on TV or hear about on the news. It just baffles me the cruelty and hate humans are capable of.
I agree with others. Take pictures of the sandwich in the pool. Get your daughter's statement (did she actually see this kid?). Write down your own statement. This kid needs to have the bejesus scared out of her. Like someone else suggested, I'd get the police involved. Really, if you get down to it...it was a pre-meditated act and serious harm could have come to your child. I wouldn't force it to the point of charges getting pressed, but if you explain to the police (maybe get an officer who deals with children?) what happened and that you'd like to scare this neighbor-kid so she understands how serious it is and to make sure she would think twice about doing it again...then they can walk you through the right process. Also --- if there are costs for draining/cleaning the pool, then I would certainly ask the parents to pay for it.
Man, so sorry this happened to you!
Adrienne
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