Another \'peanut ban\' (Massachusetts) makes the news

Posted on: Tue, 09/11/2007 - 12:06pm
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Craneville Elementary School: Peanut issue goes unfixed
By Scott Stafford, Berkshire Eagle Staff
Article Last Updated: 09/11/2007 10:40:21 AM EDT

Tuesday, September 11
DALTON

Posted on: Tue, 09/11/2007 - 1:52pm
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Quote:[b] "I am allergic to bee stings. Should I expect the school to be sure the building is bee-free if I come here?"[/b]
But I suppose he would be upset if people brought bees to school and released them in the building, wouldn't he?
I'm just sayin'...

Posted on: Tue, 09/11/2007 - 3:20pm
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Quote:[b]"I'm not going to put my son's health issues secondary to someone else's," said one mother. "It's against our children's constitutional rights. My child is going to eat peanut butter here at the school

Posted on: Tue, 09/11/2007 - 5:04pm
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I've read the Consitution... [i]and[/i] Federal Disability Laws. Clearly some people have not. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Oddly, there is no mention in any of those laws that [i]I[/i] recall about the 'rights of the unaffected majority to do as they darned well please....' But puhleeeze, correct me if I'm missing something critical. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img] Anyone?
I also thought it was particularly sweet of the reporter to give such extensive quotes without naming any of their vitriolic authors. Who is the reporter protecting? I thought these were all adults-- they certainly felt free to speak their minds, didn't they? I think if you have something that nasty to say in a public meeting, then by all means, you ought to be willing to attach your name to it. I'm willing to bet that the PA kids involved have been named.

Posted on: Tue, 09/11/2007 - 5:07pm
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Oh, good grief.... yes, I've 'read' it.... just can't 'spell' it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]
C~o~n~s~[b]t[/b]~i~t~u~t~i~o~n.
There. Penance done.

Posted on: Tue, 09/11/2007 - 9:41pm
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It does sound like the school made a big error in how they introduced the ban. That only serves to make it harder on all involved.
Not that I agree that anyone has a constitutional right to eat peanut butter anyplace they please.
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Posted on: Tue, 09/11/2007 - 10:29pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Gail W:
[b]"It's against our children's constitutional rights. My child is going to eat peanut butter here at the school

Posted on: Tue, 09/11/2007 - 11:54pm
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I read an article recently that said it beautifully. The writer said:
"When one member of a community is in danger, one hopes that other members will rally behind that individual, even if support is not always the most convenient option. The extent to which we demonstrate this to our children will shape their vision of community and responsibility. Those parents who are fighting the nut-restricted policies send a critical message to their children--that it is more important that they eat just what they want, exactly when they want it, than that they help protect the life of their classmate."
I like this point because when I see how these parents react, do they not realize how selfish they appear? Would they react this strongly to other children with different disabilities? I asked my superintendent recently why the school system doesn't get a backbone and stand up to these kind of people. And how about if we show up at one of these meetings and start yelling. Quite frankly, let's face it, the loudest person often wins. And we should be the loudest.

Posted on: Wed, 09/12/2007 - 1:26am
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Quote:Originally posted by mom135:
[b]I read an article recently that said it beautifully. The writer said:
"When one member of a community is in danger, one hopes that other members will rally behind that individual, even if support is not always the most convenient option. The extent to which we demonstrate this to our children will shape their vision of community and responsibility. Those parents who are fighting the nut-restricted policies send a critical message to their children--that it is more important that they eat just what they want, exactly when they want it, than that they help protect the life of their classmate."
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Link to your article, for anyone who would like to read it.
[url="http://www.calgaryallergy.ca/Articles/English/lifeliberty.html"]http://www.calgaryallergy.ca/Articles/English/lifeliberty.html[/url]
(Probably posted elswhere on boards, but thought some might like to read it after reading the great quote.)
~Eliz

Posted on: Wed, 09/12/2007 - 2:02am
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Quote:Originally posted by ajas_folks:
[b] Link to your article, for anyone who would like to read it. [/b]
Thanks for posting that link Elizabeth. It's been years since I read that article, and I'd forgotten about it. I love how susinctly the author addresses the anti-ban arguments, and how she raises the level of the 'debate' to a dignified look at the larger issue at hand. It's amazing to me that it was published a decade ago, and that the issues are still so dead on.

Posted on: Thu, 09/13/2007 - 3:31am
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Is it a medical necessity that the child eat pb DURING SCHOOL HOURS?! Why can't the child eat pb after school?

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