Spokane boy dies from school\'s mistake

Posted on: Sun, 05/20/2001 - 4:13pm
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Joined: 11/02/2000 - 09:00

pI hope I am posting this in the right place and that I am not duplicating anything that's already on the board./p
pAll weekend the news out of Spokane (I think, in Washington, anyway) has been about a third-grader who died from an apparent allergic reaction to peanuts while on a field trip./p
pThere is a concern that nobody reacted quickly enough, not getting him help until two hours later./p
pApparently he was given a peanut-butter cookie on the field trip, DESPITE the fact that the school knew he was PA./p
pFrankly, this scares the crap out of me, and makes me wonder if I'll EVER have the guts to let my son go anywhere without me! How can the schools be so stupid?/p
pAs you can see by my username, I am a teacher (although a full-time stay-at-home-mom now). I am beginning to think that the only way to educate the schools and other parents is to scare them. I am way past being polite and generous. I'm prepared to use threats and to be as obnoxious as I have to be. The schools around here all "brag" that their schools are safe-havens and there is a zero tolerance for violence, etc. Well, I should think that what happened to that child in Spokane is about as violent as it gets./p
pIf anyone knows any more details about what happened in Spokane, please post it. I am in Canada, and am only hearing about it off the TV news./p

Posted on: Sun, 05/20/2001 - 9:46pm
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Joined: 12/26/1999 - 09:00

Here is a link to a newspaper article regarding Nathan's death. I will warn you ahead of time you will be outraged. My deepest sympathy goes out to Nathan's family.

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2001 - 2:17am
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Joined: 05/20/2000 - 09:00

This is horrible. I would like to hear what the investigation turns up. I also would like to think that my child wouldn't have eaten any of it, but it sounds like this boy skipped the sandwich and the trail mix where there were obvious nuts, and I'm sure he was hungry and went for the cookie. I can't imagine what that family is going through. I feel sick to my stomach.

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2001 - 2:27am
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Joined: 10/09/2000 - 09:00

My heart goes out to his parents. But what makes me mad is the fact that all schools use this lunch for sack lunches for field trips. We have been in two areas of Calif. due to the military and both school districts use peanutbutter sandwiches for kids who normally buy lunch when they go on fieldtrips. I have just been lucky enough that we have had teachers explain this so that I could plan ahead and make a lunch for Axel on those days. But happen to know from volunttering on his last field trip that if he had forgotten his lunch and they couldn't get ahold of me that would have been what they would have given him. This is because they feel that is easier to make then anything else. I wonder how we would get this changed and if this will have any bearing on this policy. I am also curious for those of us who have children in school how many schools have this policy.
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Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2001 - 2:28am
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Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

I feel sick to my stomach too. How can anyone be that damn dumb to make a lunch for every student in the class consisting of only nuts, especially when there is an allergic child in the class! What did they provide to drink, PB shakes? Or perhaps they just skipped over the milk in the shake and and just drained the oil off of the pb jar and gave that to the kids to drink!

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2001 - 2:40am
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Joined: 01/15/2001 - 09:00

Stories like this really scare me: did any of the parents or teachers on this trip pay any attention to the kids? Did not one parent or teacher think about this? It's too late for this boy and his parents, who trusted the school, but I sure hope that the uproar over this gets the people in that school talking to one another, as it should in schools around the country. In my opinion, this is negligence bordering on murder. When I think of how many times I've sent my 12 year old on trips like this, it makes me wonder about the supervision or lack of it and realize that we've just been lucky because his grade school didn't even pretend to be supportive.

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2001 - 2:45am
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Joined: 05/21/2001 - 09:00

My deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and classmates of Nathan. I think many who read posts here are in shock about what happened.

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2001 - 6:14am
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Joined: 03/16/2001 - 09:00

I have feeling horrible about this incident all day. I also am curious as to what the investigation will uncover. It is ironic that I have been thinking about our son starting school eventually and he will be two this August. My husband calls me the world's best volunteer and I can see myself or him going on the school trips as a chaperone. My question is what the hell would this school give a diabetic kid for lunch? A jelly sandwich, sugar cookies, and a lollipop?? I am sorry if that seems rude, but if they (the school) were aware of Nathan's allergy than how could this have happened?
My prayers are with Nathan's parents. I cannot imagine the hell that they are in.

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2001 - 7:48am
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I just finished using the link provided above to read the story re Nathan. I STRONGLY urge anyone who does read the story to follow up with an e-mail to them - the form is right there at the bottom of the article. You don't have to say a lot. You could simply express your sympathy. But again, we have strength in numbers and I believe Nathan's family may appreciate some strength at what is every PA parent's worst nightmare. Let the people of Spokane, the school system, and Nathan's parents know that you read the article and how you felt! Please! This tragic death should not be ignored and if we are only to contribute something as simple as an e-mail of sympathy to the newspaper, I truly believe it is better than nothing.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2001 - 10:08am
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Joined: 03/06/1999 - 09:00

I absolutely agree, Cindy. I just e-mailed them, and hope everyone else does, too. We can make people notice, this was such a senseless tragedy and should not have happened. It really makes my blood run cold.

Posted on: Mon, 05/21/2001 - 10:24am
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Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

I definitely agree in emailing them and giving them a piece (politely) of your mind to educate them. (I already emailed them before Cindy posted -- kudos to Cindy for letting everyone know about the post).
Remember, you can not list peanutallergy.com in your email (their rules).
One thing that I got from the article was that the finger pointing has already started.
This is truly a sad story and I can't even imagine what Nathan's parents and family are going through.


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