Have any of you approached your school about....

Posted on: Sun, 05/22/2011 - 5:44am
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...going peanut free? BEFORE YOU ANSWER: I know that everyone has an opinion in either direction (whether schools should or shouldn't do this), and while I know there are very valid arguments to either side, I am just asking if anyone has ATTEMPTED to get this change made. Thanks for sharing your experience on this task. :o)

Posted on: Wed, 05/25/2011 - 4:00am
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i had asked my son's elementary school why they weren't peanut free and also asked if the school district would consider going peanut free and was told by the principal, and adminitrators at the district level, that while there are presently several children with peanut allergies, they felt that their current safeguards were sufficient to prevent an allergic reaction. these safeguards were basically that my son's profile in the school lunch room contained the information that he was severely allergic to peanuts, therefore he should not be served any school lunch products containing peanuts, and also that he must sit at a separate table from his classmates. i am still trying to 'educate' these so called educators on the severity of inhalation as well as coming into contact with any peanut protein that remains on surfaces due to 'kids being kids' and not washing up after lunch/snack. this is a real problem with these schools that, to me, are not providing a safe environment and are putting these students at risk, every school day, unnecessarily. good luck and let me know how you make out with your local school.

Posted on: Fri, 06/10/2011 - 3:53am
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WHY Change it?? WHY not instead educate your children and make them AWARE?? This doesn't make sense to me.
If you change it, you're rasing a lazy child that doesn't have to take responsibility for something. Teach them how to ask. Tell them the level of allergy they have and what could happen. Allow me to demonstrate:
"Sweetie. You have a slight allergy which means you will get a skin irritation so unless you want to be itchy, don't eat peanuts..."
"Sweetie, if you eat peanuts, you may experience a shortness of breath or this because this your level of allergy so try to make sure there's no peanuts in what you're eating"
Wow...that's simple and it doesnt' inconvenience the LARGER population which is not allergic.
Let me ask you, do you think of anything other than yourself and the minority of the population that is allergic to nuts?
My nephews allergic...we still eat peanuts and peanut butter. We just don't give it to him. See how simple that is.
Why don't you go out and raise money for the homeless or volunteer for the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center. There are people out there WHO NEED BLOOD FOR REAL ISSUES LIKE SURGERIES. Btw...I do...
Address REAL world issue people. Peanuts are small potatoes...pun intended.

Posted on: Fri, 06/10/2011 - 5:33am
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Why do you think that everyone's allergy is minor like your nephews? A lot of people with an allergy don't get "itchy", they have trouble breathing and need emergency care immediately.

Posted on: Fri, 06/10/2011 - 5:58am
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Yeah but the number of those people are SO few and far between. I'm not saying people don't have allergies and people like YOU shouldn't be careful. YOU SHOULD be concerned, however, a lot of people don't. Actually the percentage is QUITE low, so why cause mass hysteria?
People are so afraid already. It doesn't make sense to me for additional paranoia to be caused. "OH STOP PEANUTS IN SCHOOLS!!"
Okay, let's stop bees and avocados and cucumbers and anything else a person might be allergic to. Let's live in bubbles and eat from pills because then we won't be at risk for hay fever, peanut allergies, whatever. It just simply does not make sense.

Posted on: Fri, 06/10/2011 - 6:00am
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And btw, we still eat Avocados when my sister is deathly allergic...she cannot touch them AT ALL...it's about educating not causing mass paranoia and hysteria in addition to taking food out of children's mouths.

Posted on: Fri, 06/10/2011 - 6:25am
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why change it??? wow- if i have to say it you must really be a very selfish person. is it so very important to you to have your peanuts that you would risk the life of someone else?? i'm not saying stop growing peanuts or selling them. what you do in your own home is not the problem. but why does it have to be served in public schools? what kind of example are you to your kids??? its like your saying that your right to eat whatever you want, whenever you want is more important than worrying about others health. so very sad that there are people like you that my son and ONLY ABOUT 1 MILLION OTHERS with this allergy have to be concerned with everyday of their life. why don't you think about that for a moment PEANUTLOVER.

Posted on: Fri, 06/10/2011 - 6:30am
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do you really believe that because they are the minority that their right to a safe environment shouldn't matter? another selfish and uneducated reply. really, people i hope that you never have to go through an anaphalactic emergency with one of your children. watching a child having a severe allergic reaction and feeling so very scared that they are going to die in your own arms is not something i would wish on anyone.

Posted on: Fri, 06/10/2011 - 6:33am
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again, very selfish of you. do you not care about anyone but yourself? your poor sister. i hope that at least you wash your hands before touching things around your home or your poor sister is the one that will pay the price for your astonsishingly selfish attitude.

Posted on: Fri, 06/10/2011 - 7:15am
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Ohhh joooann! Of course you're going to completely disregard the fact that YOU people are the ones that are selfish. My sister says, "Don't worry about. Why should you stop enjoying something that I'm allergic to?" She just avoids it, which is what people who are allergic to peanuts SHOULD be doing versus trying to stop everyone from enjoying them. You are the minority here.
Are you going to go to Thailand now and put up a fight there considering 90% of their dishes contain peanuts?
By creating a fear what's happening is your are limiting children's growth. You're making them AFRAID.
What about people that are allergic to bees? Everyone has ignored my very logical arguments here. You people spread fear. She came here for help AND YOU WERE the ones that were mean to her.
Basically what I see happening here is that you are all upset that i am against your beliefs and I don't support your "cause" because there is a bigger world picture out there.
Again, back to bees...should we kill all the bees because people are allergic? As an FYI, there is much higher population of individuals allergic to bees than peanuts...they just don't have big mouths over it like peanut people.

Posted on: Sat, 06/11/2011 - 4:41am
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may i ask why you are even on this peanut ALLERGY site? just sounds like your looking for a fight to me. grow up. try to be more open-minded and respectful of everyone else. our only cause is to educate ignorant folks like yourself. the only thing i'm pushing is that since the schools do not enforce kids washing their hands they should not be exposing my child to an unnecessary risk everyday he goes to school. all severly allergic people carry epi-pens, injectable medication in case of 'accidental' exposure, whether it be foods or bee stings. bees are not the enemy, nor are peanuts -people that have your attitude seem to be though. my son is not being made afraid, he must read labels and avoid peanuts while enjoying everyday activities like attending school, camp and all public areas. i just don't get why you and other people think its ok to put others in harms way when it could be avoided by just being more caring of others. its about respect. you are just plain uncaring. EAT YOUR PEANUTS AT HOME AND WASH YOU AND YOUR KIDS HANDS and please stop spreading your ignorance and lack of empathy, if you even know what that word means.

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