Posted on: Mon, 09/29/2014 - 8:29am
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Joined: 08/31/2014 - 10:46

I ride the bus to and from school everyday, there's this boy that always sits In front of me weather I like it or not. But that Dosent irritate me, the thing that makes me frustrated is the fact that he always turns around and says "eww! Peanut allergy" . What should I do?

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We are so sorry that this is happening to you. Remember that you are not your food allergy! Your peanut allergy is only one part of you; it does not define who you are. You are smart and strong and deserve to be treated with respect -- just like everyone else.
Here is an informative article on teaching others about food allergies. If someone gives you trouble, you can try let them know about the severity of allergies and why they are no laughing matter.
You can also report the boy’s behavior to a trusted supervisor. This person could be the bus driver or a teacher at school. Make sure you tell the supervisor what the boy says to you and how it makes you feel.
Here is a helpful video on how to deal with bullying when you have food allergies. The teenager featured in the video knows what it’s like to be in your position, so his advice may be helpful to you!
Also, it’s a good idea to communicate with the bus driver about your food allergy. He or she can be very helpful if you’re having issues with your allergy or need emergency help. Furthermore, if you haven’t notified your teachers, you may want to do that as well because they can also help to keep you safe and comfortable.
After you have communicated with trusted adults, perhaps try speaking to the boy and telling him how his words hurt your feelings. Sometimes people don’t realize the power their words have. If you confront him, he may realize what he says makes you feel bad.
Although this article is for parents, it definitely applies to you! It discusses how to deal with people are who not understanding of your food allergy.
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Posted on: Sun, 10/05/2014 - 1:49pm
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Joined: 11/17/2005 - 09:00

Don't let him bother you, that's not really the meanest thing kids say these days. If you don't say anything back, maybe just roll your eyes and shake your head it can be more of a joke than teasing. I think he might like you, and it's better to get along. My son was called some very mean names and he would get mad, which was just what the kids wanted, so don't fall for that trap.

Posted on: Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:17am
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Joined: 06/14/2014 - 16:32

Honey if you are old enough to work a computer and find this website to make this post, you are certainly old enough to not take any kind of offense to this. This is definitely not bullying. I'm sure the boy is teasing. Even if he isn't, this isn't something anyone would, or should take to heart. It's silly. If it really does bother you that bad, simply tell a teacher. But I don't see the issue.

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