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GRANGER, Iowa -- Four-year-old Kendrick Ogden knows exactly what could happen if he is exposed to peanuts. "Make me die." he says.

In fact, Kendrick's mom says he almost did die when he went into anaphylactic shock after eating peanut butter when he was just one-year-old. He is so sensitive to peanuts, he has to carry an Epi Pen and other medication everywhere he goes. So Kendrick's mother wants his school, Woodward-Granger Elementary, to require all kids to wash their hands when they walk in the building and before and after eating. She also wants his classroom to be 100-percent peanut free, and a separate table for kids who bring lunches from home so Kendrick isn't accidentally exposed to peanuts.

"Life threatening peanut allergies are a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the school has to make reasonable accommodations," says Kendrick's mother, Laura Coleman, "If he were in a wheelchair it would be completely different. They would not be hesitating to make any kind of accommodations for his needs."

But Kendrick's mother says the district is hesitating.

"This isn't...he's gonna get a tummy ache. This isn't he's gonna get hives on his arm. This is me putting my child into a casket and putting him into the ground," Coleman says.

Superintendent Brad Anderson tells us peanuts and anything related to peanuts are banned from the schools. But items where the label says "May contain peanuts" are allowed. "That's the one that everyone is up in arms about," says Anderson, "As a district we decided to go ahead and serve that in the classroom at this particular point."

Anderson says the district does all it can to prevent kids with peanut allergies from being accidentally exposed, but "You never know what's going to walk in your door in the morning. It could be on a student's bag. It could be on the bottom of their shoe." Anderson adds, "Are we ever going to be able to eliminate them all? No. Unfortunately."

Kendrick's mom knows some people will say, if you're that worried, just home school your son. "My response to that is always, if you want your child to be able to eat peanut butter or whatever, whenever they want why don't you just home school?"

The school board will meet Monday to discuss the issue.

151 comments

  • chrisbet4

    This mother is absolutely right in asking for these accommodations. I’m sure she knows it can’t be completely eliminated, but it can be greatly reduced. I have no children with peanut allergies, thank God, however, my children’s right to eat peanut products is not greater than a child’s right to live.

    • TimeForPeopleToGetAGrip

      Bull. It is the mother’s responsibility to make sure her child is well, not EVERYONE ELSE. She is the one with a problem, she is the one that has to make accommodations for the rest of the world. Enough of this sense of entitlement that everyone has, the world doesn’t revolve around you, it doesn’t revolve around her or her child. You need to learn that, she needs to learn that, and if the child doesn’t learn that early he will end up in a lot of trouble. Go out into the “real” world and try and tell people they cannot have anything that may have been exposed to peanuts. I can’t wait for this kid to go to college, or get a job. Wait, I have an idea, let’s tell every restaurant that this kid may eat at that they have to get rid of all their peanut products, or all products that may have been exposed to peanuts. And then let’s go to all the grocery stores, tell them they can’t see peanuts because there might be peanut dust in the air and Kendrick could die.
      Get a grip on reality. If you are part of the very small minority that can’t do something, the rest of the world does not need to bend to your needs. You need to learn to adapt to the world.

      • liseetsa

        Wow, I’m thinking one ride in an ambulance with a child who has stopped breathing, or seeing a child collapse and physically transform into something unrecognizable after coming into contact with one invisible trace of food that they are allergic to, or spending the holidays with a family whose daughter just died because the teacher forgot there was peanut butter in the egg rolls, and all of you would rethink your incessant need to consume peanuts during the hours of 8:00am-2:30pm five days a week. When did food become more important than a child’s life– CHILD!!! Once you are older, you can pretty much fend for yourself. But we cannot trust teachers, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, etc…sometimes even another parent, to make sure our children are safe from food that could kill them. Try to put yourself in the place of the child? The parent?
        Ironically, one of the few board-certified allergists in the world who offers OIT (oral-immunotherapy) to treat food allergies is in Iowa. I hope the mother in this article reads these comments, and as she is sickened and disgusted, like those of us who care about her child’s well-being and federally-protected right to keep breathing at school, she finds my comment and glimmer of HOPE that her son might be a good candidate for treatment and in time not have to rely of the kindness of strangers to keep him alive. Homeschool, not everyone CAN homeschool or has the money and/or disposition to homeschool. We homeschool but it’s not as easy as you think. I even have teaching experience and my husband is an aerospace engineer to help with all the math and science. But some children WANT to go to school? Some parents HAVE to work? And nothing would change for those NOT eating peanuts at school (for a few hours out of the day.) But everything could change, could end for those who happened to be, no fault of their own, deathly allergic to them. I cannot even believe this is a question?
        For more information on OIT, please visit us on fb at Peanut Anaphylaxis Cure. Dr. Molis can be reached at http://www.allergyasthmacare.com/

      • kay

        You are wrong. Every child is ENTITLED to a SAFE and INCLUSIVE education. It is the law, no matter the disability. This child is NOT safe if every child who ate peanut butter toast or a peanut butter poptart on the way to school is allowed to come into class touch every object that child will be touching. Handwashing prior to coming inyo class takes 2 minutes….and will help EVERYONE reduce the spread of cold, flu, etc. What is the BIG DEAL? This has nothing to do with eating out, having a job and going to college. Which will all happen when this child is older and able to manage independently.

        Meanwhile, God help your hateful spirit toward children with a medical condition that could kill them. Their right to live trumps anyone else’s right to a darn nut. ….AT SCHOOL!

  • Right Wing Patriot

    This uttely ridiculous. Keep you kid at home. This mother can not force her wishes on another person, especially a minor to wash their hands. Life isn’t fair, get used to it.

    • aightball

      So it’s better for her child to die? True, peanuts cannot be 100% erased from the school. But it’s basic hygiene to have kids wash their hands and it prevents problems at the same time. If this child dies, then what? Will you still think it’s too much to expect kids to wash their hands? As someone with food allergies (and yes, my allergy has almost killed me twice), I know what it’s like to come up against people like you. You have no idea what it’s like living with a food allergy. We can’t stay home because our allergen might affect us in public. But kids deserve to be safe in school and the least kids can do is practice good hygiene.

      • Right Wing Patriot

        I agree 100% with you that hand washing as a very good hygeine practice….but you can’t force someone to do it. The best sloution is for this parent to home school her child if the severity of this issue is that life threatning. Classic knee jerk reaction…if you disagree then you want the kid to die. How stupid…of course I don’t want to child to get sick. My point, if it’s that severe, home school him.

      • TimeForPeopleToGetAGrip

        Everyone thinks that they are the center of the universe. Here’s a news flash. You are not. The world does not revolve around this mother, or her kid. She and her child are very very very small parts of a bigger thing, and it is she that needs to adapt, not the other way around. Keep your child at home, or take the risks.
        This is not a disregard for life, these are the cold hard facts. My life does not revolve around you, or your children, and demanding that the world conform to your needs is a disregard for EVERY OTHER PERSON THIS AFFECTS.
        And for the idiot that said that parents who want their kids to eat peanuts, they’re the ones who should home school their children, are you serious? Really? Yes, let’s empty out the school of every other child that can be exposed to peanuts without dying, keep them home so this one child can go to school.
        If I want to have something containing peanuts I will, and if you are so allergic, stay away from me. I don’t need to change my life for you.

    • chrisbet4

      Thank goodness that isn’t the attitude toward children in a wheelchair, with brain injuries, … I guess anyone who needs any kind of speciall accommodations to be able to go to school should just stay home, because “life isn’t fair.”

      • Sue

        Huge difference between this and a child in a wheelchair, Chrisbet. Here you are trying to police everything my family has in their cupboards at home as well. I don’t think anyone’s breakfast is going to accidentally kill the child in the wheelchair, or the child with a brain injury. Am I going to be charged with a crime, or sued, if my child takes a granola bar to lunch that was ‘processed in the same building as tree nuts’ and this boy ends up ill because of it?

      • TimeForPeopleToGetAGrip

        No, you need to accommodate the rest of the world, not the other way around.
        Maybe we should ban carbs because a diabetic might go to that school? Meat because a vegetarian might attend? Cooked food because a “paleo” might go there?
        Get a grip.

      • MikeH

        The difference is that the accommodations for those kids will generally not affect every other child in the school. My child has accommodations for autism that affect no one but her and her teachers. You’re comparing apples and oranges.

      • chrisbet4

        MikeH – I also have 2 children with Autism, and I work with children at school who are in Special Education. I am very knowledgeable on IEP’s and 504’s. Many accommodations do affect other children. Some children need to have a quiet environment, therefor balloon popping activities, or other loud activities, can’t be done in the classroom (and yes, this is common). Some children need a plan for meltdowns within the classroom. The other children have to be pulled out of class while that child is calmed down and removed. Some children need accommodations to sit in a specific place in the classroom. Some children need accommodations to sit by, or not sit by certain students for many different reasons. These are not BIG inconveniences for the other children, but they do affect them. There is nothing big about not allowing peanut products in and making children wash their hands (which should be done anyway.)

      • Tfs mom

        It used to be the attitude. People in wheel chairs were considered fire hazards and not allowed in public buildings including schools. Then we evolved with ADA law or so I thought. After reading these posts I believe people have not evolved. All people should be given equal access to public education.

    • BrutallyHonest

      This is rediculous. I have a nephew with sever peanut allergy and his mom doesnt ask for special accomodatoins. I know he is young, but the mother needs to teach the child to avoid it the best he can and to be able to use the eppi pen on his own (which i assume he is able to already). To expect that every single child is going to wash their hands and all of that is rediculous, although they should its going to be very diffcult to police that.

      I get tired of people demanding to be accomidated for things versus just being responsible for yourself.

      • Laura

        And people in wheel chairs should learn to climb stairs because its ridiculous that every public establishment be required to be burdened with the extra expense of having to add an elevator to their building. How dare those people in wheel chairs expect special treatment! He is 4 years old. Would you let your 4 year old cross a highway without an adult? probably not because they don’t understand how to keep themselves safe yet. Your line of thinking is mind blowing.

      • TimeForPeopleToGetAGrip

        Personal responsibility is a foreign concept. No one is responsible for their own actions, if you do something wrong it is because of something someone else did. Kill someone in a drunk driving accident? It’s because your parents are too rich. Kill someone in a robbery, it’s because your parents were poor and never around. It’s never you. It’s everyone else.

    • Susan Clemens

      With a tag of “Right Wing Patriot”, you’d think you supported American’s Rights but it seems that you would pick and choose which rights you hold dear.
      The right to a Free and Appropriate Education? Freedom against discrimination?
      No, “freedom to eat peanuts” is not in the constitution that last time I looked.

      • Right Wing Patriot

        New flash Susan…show me the part of the Constitutioin where it says a person is entitled to free education? Not gonna find it. Whats next…every child forced to brush their teeth when done with lunch? Some peopole are allegice to Red Dye #4. I guess we better ban that too.

      • TimeForPeopleToGetAGrip

        Right Wing Patriot is correct. And just as there is no guarantee in the Constitution that you can eat peanuts, there is no provision for having a peanut free environment. Why should the majority have to adapt for the minority? Some accommodations may be understandable, but to ask that everyone upturn their lives for the sake of one child is beyond ridiculous.

    • Have done compassion!

      Well so much for treat others as you would want to be treated. I’m sure you would feel the same way if it was your kid or grand kid. Oh wait your probably not married because your a selfish jerk.

    • Danny

      Right wing idiot more like it! Go back to school and learn correct grammar and spelling before coming onto public forums and showing yourself for the fool you are.

      • Right Wing Patriot

        If that’s all you got, your have nothing, I noticed you didn’ t dispute my comments? Sorry, Mr Perfect, I type to fast at times. Twit.

    • Jane

      Why is the answer always to homeschool an allergic child? I work full time and cannot homeschool my children. So, because they have an allergy they should get no education? Why don’t you consider homeschooling yours if these rules are too oppressive for your family?
      My son is 4, he can’t always identify all his allergens. And epi pens don’t always work. That’s the reason for these rules, to keep kids safe.

  • Teach

    I agree with Chrisbet4. Children’s lives are more important than peanut butter. Good luck at the school board meeting. Hope they look past dollar sign and look at the extreme health risk they put her child in.

  • Regina Jewell (@d4sbwitu)

    Yes, accommodations should be made. Children should be washing their hands before and after lunch anyway. This is basic hygiene and will cut back on the spread of illness. However, if children need to be segregated, it should be her child that is segregated. Make a peanut-free table that is free from anything that “may contain peanuts.” Other children may sit there if their lunches meet the requirement. One table is easier to keep clean and free of peanut residue rather than all of them, except the few at which she suggests the children that carry their lunch should sit.

    • aightball

      The problem with a peanut free table is this: some kids are so allergic, just being in the same room as something that “may contain peanuts” could kill them. So, do you put him in a separate room? Nope. So, you do a 100% ban. Nothing with shared lines. Nothing that makes him feel bad about being different. I know kids that are so allergic they can’t go anywhere that anyone *might* open something containing peanuts because they could literally die.

    • Susan Clemens

      It is against the constitution to force segregation on a person. To insist that her child be segregated due to disability is wrong.

      Now, if a parent CHOSE to send peanut containing products or refused to allow their child to wash their hands, then they are choosing to have their child segregated. It’s really very simple.

      Why are we so upset about hand washing? Are you not expected to wash hands when entering other public buildings such as a hospital?

  • Paul

    Disrupt the masses to accommodate one, how about putting all the normal kids in a bubble so that he/she will be “safe?”

    • 131313

      Paul I agree. What happened to the nation that I grew up in? I don’t even remember kids having these allergies in the 60s and 70s. Of course they didn’t weigh 200 lbs by the time they were 10 years old either.

      • chrisbet4

        This child doesn’t look 200 pounds, what does that have to do with anything? And what happened to the nation that you grew up in is that people began to understand that EVERYONE is deserving of the same rights and freedoms as the the ‘normal white male’.

      • Amy

        You are both correct, these allergies did not exist at this level when you were children. But they exist now. —No one— is certain of why and there is new conjecture seemingly every week, and most of us have no idea why we ended up with a child with this deadly allergy. We were stunned when it happened to our active, educated, healthy family. Each family is trying to do the best they can to protect their child with minimal impact on their community and educate as they go. It is heart-wrenching when adults are unable to have empathy toward a child who is by no fault of their own, in danger from something as utterly ridiculous as a tiny little nut. Admittedly, there was so much I didn’t know before I was forced to become an “allergy mom.” And I’m sure if I had been on the other side I would have rolled my eyes and been annoyed. But then, as a parent, I would have done whatever was necessary to protect that other child, because it’s the right thing to do.

      • Bhbl

        I also grew up in the 70’s and when I went to school there was no integration at all! I would like to think we have come a long way since then! It comes down to the fact that all children deserve an equal education and a safe environment to go to school in! I can’t believe we even debate what is more important a child’s life or peanuts! Why can’t your child eat peanuts at home or on the weekends? Is it really necessary to bring them to school? It’s simply called being a good person! Are peanuts really that important? It’s crazy to me!

  • Kayela

    I’m proud to see people on here supporting my sister. It’s not like he wanted to have a peanut allergy. My sister knows that the school can’t be 100% peanut free but she does know that they can do stuff to prevent my nephew from dying. Peanut allergies are considered as a disability and its the LAW for them to protect his safety. The school would have to do it if they had a kid that was in a wheelchair. You can’t have a 4 year old stay at home all the time because he has a peanut allergy. Plus, they want him to sit at a table by himself because he has the allergy, and by doing that it’s showing the other kids “hey this kid is different so we can make fun of him because he has to sit somewhere else.” I believe that a child’s life is more important then peanuts.

    • chrisbet4

      Kayla – I completely agree!!! At the school I work at, they have peanut free tables and those with peanut allergies are allowed to invite others, who have gotten a school lunch, to sit with them. The kiddos actually look at it as a privilege. I hope your sister is able to get the school to work with her. I can’t imagine worrying about whether or not my child is around something that could kill them.

    • Stacy

      Okay but don’t you fell that making my child sit at a different table to eat her cold lunch that has peanut butter sandwich in it is making her feel different and left out because she cant sit with her friends to eat lunch because shes different. You cant accommodate one child only to hurt another!

      • Laura

        Your child has a choice. If your child doesn’t eat peanut butter and jelly for lunch she won’t die. She also has the choice to eat hot lunch. She can choose with out it being a life and death decision.

      • BrutallyHonest

        This is in reply to Laura, it may not be a choice to just eat PB&J for lunch, it may be their only option due to the parents not being able to afford anything more. So their choice may be to either eat or starve, is that fair? You CANNOT segregate kids that bring their own lunch, because now you are discriminating them. Again, my nephew also has a severe peanut allergy, but his mom isn’t making these kind of rediculous requests.

        As far as all the Wheelchair comments, making a building handicap accessable does not seggregate any other children, so that is like comparing apples to beef.

      • Laura

        There are alternatives to PB&J. If a child’s lunch account is a certain amount under they serve them cheese sandwiches. There are several peanut butter alternatives such as Sunbutter or Wowbutter. They even give out free samples for you to try. There is a free and reduced lunch program for families who can’t afford lunches. There are lots of other options for the PB&J eaters but there is only 1 option for allergy children. On top of all that LOTS of kids eat cold lunch. They would all be sitting together. It’s not like there would be 1 child sitting at the table eating their cold lunch all alone. There are not many life threatening allergies. This child would be forced to sit by himself. One of the complaints was that it would be to hard to check lunches to make sure stuff was safe. School hot lunches are already peanut free so by doing a cold lunch table staff would not be responsible for checking lunches to make sure they were safe.

        The wheel chair comment if proving that society can accommodate. It’s not unheard of.

      • Blue Jane

        this is a response to Laura about eating hot lunch. My child doesn’t qualify for free and reduced, but we don’t have $60/month in our budget for hot lunch. While I would not send PB if the school requested, I don’t feel my child should be segregated for eating a healthy cold lunch I packed. That is ridiculous in the extreme.

    • liseetsa

      Kayela, I hope you read my comment about OIT (oral-immunology) and Dr. Molis. Not sure how far your sister lives from the doctor’s office, but she could at least call and see if he is a good candidate for treatment–most are– It will not be an immediate solution to your problem with the school, but there is a great chance he could desensitize to the peanut so his life will be much safer and easier in the future. We have helped many families find the few allergists in the world who offer this treatment. My son’s IgE went from over 100 down to 4.56 as of last year. He has not had one ambulance ride or reaction since he started treatment. So there is HOPE! Wish I could help you with all the ignorance and selfishness in the world, but I might be able to help get rid of the allergy altogether. It’s worth a try– just good old-fashioned doctoring at its best. Peanut Anaphylaxis Cure-fb.

  • Brenda

    My grandson is also very allergic to peanuts. He goes to Norwalk schools. This is very serious. The school boards need to stop allowing all kinds of peanut/tree nuts…AND stop all things that are processed on equipment that also process peanut/tree nuts. People don’t realize that people can die from these allergies!! I think your child can survive without peanut/tree nuts at school . If not, home school them!!

    • Sue

      Ok, Brenda, what about all of the other allergies? Do we eliminate everything that has strawberries, eggs, gluten…the list goes on and on, from schools as well because of allergies?
      Yes, you can eliminate the obvious things, but, the child that has the allergies, or his family, ultimately needs to be responsible. it is getting to the point that manufacturers are putting the warning about being processed in the same building as tree nuts, or may contain tree nuts, on everything so they can cover their butts. Someone is going to accidently bring something to school sooner or later that has peanuts or peanut oil in it. Am I going to be sued because my kid brought a bag of M&M’s in his lunch? Maybe he had some in his coat pocket from the ball game the night before and we all forgot about them. now we’re criminals?

    • Sue

      But, Brenda, the family with the allergy needs to be ultimately responsible. What if my kid goes to the ball game tonight, eats half a bag of M&Ms (peanut oil in that wonderful crunchy candy shell) and forgets they are in his coat pocket. He finds them and eats them (he’s only 4 after all), and this boy ends up sick or worse. Is my child now a murderer? Right, wrong or otherwise, the onus needs to fall primarily on the family of the boy with the allergies. Unless you outlaw all tree nut products in the U.S. you simply cannot guarantee that some won’t slip through.

      • Stacy

        Your right I could home school. But shame on you for disrespecting others for saying the same to this mother and freaking out on them for saying that. Gives you no right to say that to someone else if you don’t want it to be told to you.

      • liseetsa

        See, YOUR child GETS to go to a ballgame. Our children would have to walk on peanut shells, have them dropped into their hoodies, end up leaving in an ambulance, stuck with mulitple epipens on the way, plugged up to life-support– yeah, nevermind. If someone is zealous enough to organize a peanut-free night at the game, maybe. But otherwise, most of our food allergic children have never been to a ballgame so I’m sorry, I couldn’t possibly understand what you are talking about– I in 12 children under the age of 18 are now deathly allergic to food. There is no end in sight. And only one successful, basically unheard of treatment, and it doesn’t help everyone– about 85-90%. We all better learn new tricks! Children should not die at school.

    • Stacy

      But is it your right to tell me or my child what to eat during the day or what not to pack in their lunch. NO its not. Its my choice and their choice.

      • Laura

        I have never seen anywhere that you have the right to eat what ever you want where ever you want. If you take your PB&J to Red Lobster they would not allow you to eat it.

      • liseetsa

        It’s not our “right” to tell you what to do– it’s not about YOU because you are not the one in danger of dying and federally protected for a life-threatening medical condition. YOU just happen to be making food more important than people. It’s selfishness. And it’s so completely twisted that you and all the other people in society asked to HELP KEEP OUR CHILDREN ALIVE BY SIMPLY NOT EATING PARTICULAR INGREDIENTS FOR A FEW HOURS are acting act like you are being deprived of something great in value. Do you eat in church or a funeral or at the dentist etc… There are certain actions that are not appropriate in certain places. You’d think we were asking you for the freaking moon? It’s food people! Stop making it more important than a living, breathing child.

    • Stacy

      Exactly it my daughters choice not yours to make for her! And actually they will let you take food into restaurants I have done with my kids who are very picky so maybe you should find out before you start point fingers. And we live in the USA you can eat what you want its your choice not for you to make for others.

      • Laura

        No one is choosing for her what she eats. She chooses what she eats and sits in the spot according to what she chooses and she wouldn’t be sitting alone as lots of children bring cold lunches. This little boy is being going to be seated alone because of his medical condition the he has no choice in. If you didn’t like your child sitting at a cold lunch table you can always homeschool.

    • TimeForPeopleToGetAGrip

      Home school your grandchild. He is the one with the problem, not the rest of the children. Yes, let’s put the burden of keeping YOUR grandchild safe on EVERYONE ELSE.
      Take responsibility for your grandchild, don’t force others to do that.

  • Jess

    I thought all schools were a No Peanuts product schools? I know my son”s is and everyone is understandable and respects that. I also don’t understand the big deal to have peanut products at home for a snack instead of school. It’s just being respectful for others which a lot of people don’t understand. I know you need SOMETHING to complain and argue about, but these are children. For the person who commented “Keep your child at home” what is wrong with you?? There are so many things as parent we worry about and I can’t begin to imagine more of the stress with dealing with a child that has such a allergy that could kill them. I’m sure she is already living in fear everyday of the “what ifs”. Show Respect. I am sure if this was a child of your own and you were dealing with this first hand…. You would be doing the same thing this mother is…. Trying to keep her child from dying. I am sure some of you commenting are not parents so you don’t fully understand, and the ones who have children, think about it placing your child with this severe allergy. Touching a table that wasn’t wiped off at snack time and your child drives a race car down it and is touching the table….. All of a sudden he can’t breathe he is having serious trouble breathing because he came in contact without knowing…… What would you do then? I know I sure as hell would be doing the same thing this mother is doing. Being a great parent and has a concern of her son’ well being…. Best of luck to Kendrick and his family. I hope this all gets settled for you

  • Mike Cee

    You could always home school your child. Then you could take responsibility for the problem rather than impose your problems on everyone else and hope they solve it for you.

    • chrisbet4

      Thank goodness that isn’t the attitude toward children in a wheelchair, with brain injuries, … I guess anyone who needs any kind of special accommodations to be able to go to school should just stay home instead of “impose their problems on everyone else”.

      • TimeForPeopleToGetAGrip

        You can’t really be that daft, can you? You are comparing apples and oranges. When you have a child in a wheelchair, the ramps built in the school are not an inconvenience for every other student and their parents.
        So time for you to move on to your next pitiful argument…

    • Susan Clemens

      Or…if you can’t work toward making society safe, then you could go live in the back woods and eat peanuts with the squirrels. they don’t like to wash their hands either.
      Being a part of society means taking responsibility for your actions and keeping other’s safe.
      Maximum speed limits, no smoking in public buildings…these are infringements that help to protect others. The same goes for hand washing rules.

  • Sue

    Ok, I’m lucky, no food allergies with my kids. I get eliminating peanuts and peanut products. But, if you start looking at labels, there are a LOT of things that say ‘processed in a facility that processes tree nuts’ or similar wording. Do you eliminate all of these things as well? I have no problem with the hand washing. It’s a good idea anyway. But, yes, what about the kid that has peanut butter on his shirt sleeve or his jacket? Does being in school with this boy mean that my child can no longer have peanuts/peanut butter at home because he might accidently get contaminated?

    I guess if this were my child, I think I would chose to home school. You are putting an awful lot of responsibility on people that aren’t uber-aware like you are….

    • That Mom

      No Sue. I am not asking that every one not ever eat peanut butter again. I am not asking that they take responsibility if a child got it on his shirt, shoe, or backpack. Yes I am asking that they restrict anything that MAY contain peanuts in HIS classroom. I am asking that since there isn’t a school wide ban on peanuts (which is completely fine) that they have struck hand washing policies that are enforced. As far as the children bringing in snacks here is a list of 100+ things that are completely peanut free. No may contain or anything. http://www.sfx-lg.org/uploads/school/Forms/summer_info/Peanut%20and%20Tree%20Nut%20Free%20Snack%20List.pdf

      • TimeForPeopleToGetAGrip

        You are asking EVERYONE ELSE to inconvenience themselves for your benefit. You must have some ego, I’m sure that you are also part of the “awards for participation” clan. And you are the result of such arrogance. The world is not yours, you need to share it with other people, and the other people are the majority. You must accommodate them, and if you don’t teach your child that, you are doing him a disservice. A very big disservice, because when he gets out into the real world without mommy to protect him, and he tries to force his will on everyone else, things will not go well. Try going into an office where other people work and demanding that they change their diets for you. Watch how quickly you are ostracized, become the office pariah and with any luck for the rest of the staff, lose your job.
        Teach your child what he can and can’t do, and how to stay safe. Don’t expect the rest of the world to do it for you.

    • youaredumb

      Timeforpeopletogetagrip it’s to bad that nobody let you take care of yourself at 4 years old. There would be one less dumbass in the world

    • liseetsa

      We do homeschool for that exact reason– I could not even imagine, and I tried for about 15 seconds, dropping my son off and driving away from the building. Then, I imagined the police trying to drag me away. All the stories of substitutes not being trained, epipens locked in the nurse’s cabinet down the hall when he has a two-minute window to full blown anaphylaxis, monkey bars coated in peanut butter, door knobs, drinking fountains, banisters, library books, a pencil, etc… how would I function when just the thought of leaving him behind was driving me mad? Our district is peanut/tn-free but you cannot control what other children do at home? Whether or not they eat pb on the way to school or had their book bag on the island smeared with peanut butter? Some allergists believe a peanut/tn-free school gives a false sense of security, but when the children are so young, cannot read the labels, and have to trust a teacher that their snacks are safe, and food allergic parents have an almost impossible task at cracking the codes on labels– it’s not asking too much to simply forego peanuts or other life-threatening foods for a few HOURS.

  • WG Supporter

    Here is the current food allergy policy. Unfortunately, everyone is forgetting to mention that the school already has a policy, this mother just wants it changed to better suit her childs needs.
    WoodwardGranger
    CSD Procedure Regarding Food Allergies
    1. Children with food allergies will be identified by district staff, the parent, or physician and this information
    communicated directly with the school nurse and/or written on the WG Annual Health Update form.
    2. A referral will be made to the Section 504 Coordinator to request parental consent for a Section 504
    evaluation for the identified student. Individualized accommodation plans will be developed based on
    student need.
    3. A Health Release of Information will be requested from the parent to aid in communication with the
    physician regarding the food allergy and development of a food allergy plan.
    4. The USDA requires medical verification that a child has a food allergy disability before food service staff in
    the Child Nutrition Program can make meal accommodations and provide a safe meal for a child with a
    food allergy. Parents requesting accommodation will be provided a copy of this Department of Education
    developed form. Without the completed form returned to the district food modifications cannot be
    offered.
    5. Staff that work directly with children identified as having a food allergy will be trained by the school nurse.
    This includes, but is not limited to the teacher, associates, food service staff, administration, coaches,
    bus
    drivers:
    * on how to read food labels appropriately for the allergen
    * on the student’s Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan
    which is located in the student’s health file and is written by the child’s
    physician
    * on the use of an epinephrine auto injector (EpiPen or AuviQ)
    and location
    6. Any food allergy reaction will be documented appropriately in the student’s electronic health record and
    the parent will be notified. A review of emergency procedures will occur after each incident requiring use
    of emergency medication.
    7. Handbook policy will be followed and homemade snacks will not be allowed in the
    building. Only prepackaged
    or store prepared foods that contain a complete ingredient list will be
    allowed.
    8. All efforts will be made to inform the parents of a food allergy in the classroom and to avoid snacks that
    contain the food allergen.
    9. Alternative snacks will be provided by the parent (if deemed necessary) and may be kept with the teacher
    for times when the student may not be able to participate in the regular classroom snack.
    10. Handwashing procedures, with soap and water, before and after eating in a classroom where a food
    allergy exists to avoid exposure will be followed.
    WoodwardGranger
    CSD will promote a safe physical environment that protects children with food allergies
    and provide a climate that supports their positive psychological and social development. Children with food
    allergies need an environment where they feel secure and can interact with caring people they trust.
    8/25/2014 WG Food Allergy Policy

  • Laura

    A being asked that the school eliminate the KNOWN risks. Obviously they can’t control if its on someone’s shoe. The only room that would have to restrict the may contain warning would be his room as long as the rest of the school is practicing strict hand washing rules.

  • angelp

    So if a child is deaf, all students must learn sign language because that child cannot hear? If a child is blind, do the rest of the students have to learn Braille so that that one student can read their schoolwork when working together? What if a student requires a service dog, but another student is violently allergic? It is tragic and unfortunate that this little guy has such a terrible allergy!! I do not think, however, that a school must be required to change every policy and procedure to accommodate him. He’s going to have to be able to handle being exposed to peanuts everywhere, for his entire life. He needs to know how to keep himself safe!! There won’t be people doing it for him outside of his home and school. Putting him at his own table is no different or less segregating than making kids who bring their lunch from home sit at one. (Honestly at that age, kids would probably fight over sitting with him at that table because it’s DIFFERENT, they think that’s really fun.) My son has a learning disorder; his whole life (he’s in high school now) he has had to go to a different classroom during different parts of the day to be able to complete his work successfully. I would not expect the teacher (although they gladly would) to stop the whole class to instruct him individually so that he can get his work done…he has an opportunity to do that in a space dedicated for that purpose. I know adults who have extreme food and peanut allergies who did not have such accommodations at their schools growing up; they just knew what they needed to do to stay safe. Good for you for being an advocate for your son; just try to see the whole picture when you are making demands in public places.

    • Laura

      At the age of 4?!? He should know how to keep himself safe at 4? If he were 13 yes I agree by that he should know what to do but you seriously expect a 4 year old to know that they can not itch their nose when it itches? I have never met a 4 year old that doesn’t touch their face. I have never read any law anywhere that says you have the right to eat what ever you want where ever you want. I’m pretty sure that if you take McDonalds into Red Lobster that would not be allowed. I have read laws that say you are entitled to a public education and a right to live.

      • Patti Guy Sheeler

        Then his parents should work with the school to have an aide attend class and lunch with him until he is old enough to keep himself safe. Other students with disabilities have someone that works with them, why not this child? Why make the whole school conform to him? Good hand-washing, great. I am all for it. We can’t even get adults to wash their hands after going to the bathroom. Check out the Wal-Mart restroom sometime and watch how many walk out without washing. You think everyone in an elementary school will wash the way they need to. So one child slips by and the child has an allergic reaction. Are they then going to call homicide to find out which child it was? Seriously, if a child has that severe of a problem, they need to be home schooled until they are of the age where they can cautiously watch out for themselves.;

      • Laura

        An aide was requested and the superintendent and the nurse from the AEA laughed and said that was ridiculous to even think about….

      • Stacy

        And again they will let you take McDonalds into other restaurants I have done it with my kids and as long as you are purchasing their food they could careless.

      • TimeForPeopleToGetAGrip

        Yes at the age of four. This is part of the reason that the world is the way it is, and people are the way they are. Teach some personal accountability and self reliance. The younger the better. If you miss that vital time when the lessons are most important you will be sorry.

      • C Manning

        When my peanut allergic daughter was in kindergarten , they put all the allergy kids in the same class and made it nut free. The kids are too young to be their own advocate(they can’t read ). By 2nd grade, no longer the case , her class is nut free but they Don’t group the allergy kids together anymore, the children are more mature and better able to be their own advocate. Now each class is tailored to accommodate the individual child’s allergy sensitivity as directed by the action plan or 504.

    • Susan Clemens

      ANGELP, When was being deaf a life threatening illness? How would your child feel about being the one who caused a death or permanent impairment? Are you willing to put that sort of burden on your child? Of course accidents happen but that is not how a 4 year old internalizes it.
      Most children are happy to keep their peers safe, it is only the parents who resist.

    • Sue

      AngelP,
      thank you so much for words of wisdom from a mom who has been through special circumstances! It sounds like you and the school found a compromise that worked for your child. Nice job!

      Oh, and Laura, you say that this 4 year old child can’t be expected not to touch his face….yet…you expect ALL of the OTHER 4 year olds, who are not living with this allergy, to know if they get peanut butter on their wrists or shirt while eating at home, they have to change before they can go to school. THEY all have to know that, but HE doesn’t? I’m sorry, I think if his life is truly that much in danger, he should be home schooled until he IS old enough to take the majority of the responsibility himself.
      Have you ever read labels? Do you have any idea how many items say ‘processed in the same plant as tree nuts’? Sooner or later, you are going to have a parent that accidently sends a granola bar to school that they shouldn’t. Or, someone’s elementary student is going to get their own granola bar out of the cupboard and take it to school.

      I guess we could outlaw peanuts and all peanut products completely…..and antibiotics…my kid is allergic to antibiotics…I want them outlawed….eggs, eggs are bad for a lot of people. What happens when a child unintentionally ‘contaminates’ this boy with peanut butter on his face or shirt sleeve? Will he be charged with ‘assault with a deadly weapon’? My sympathies to this family, but, if their child is truly at that much risk, they need to take responsibility.

    • Sue

      AngelP, thank you for your words of wisdom from someone who has dealt with special circumstances. It sounds like you and the school worked together to come up with a plan that worked for your child. I am happy for you and your child and wish them a bright and wonderful future!

    • liseetsa

      You have no idea what we see– we HAVE to see everything–including the nastiness and indifference in the hearts of those who really are so ignorant that you think a 4 or 5 year old can fend for themselves? Tools for the handicapped do not threaten to kill those who are not– in contrary, we could learn new tricks that would enable us to have relationships with those who are less fortunate and don’t have perfect health. Remember the little boy in NYC whose parents thought he was old enough to walk home from school? He was too young to fend off predators who abducted and murdered him. Out there is the world, you would think someone would help him? Had he been a few years older, maybe he would have had better survival skills. This is what we are asking–give them time while they are young to at least learn those survival skills. You all act like we are taking away your cars and houses, it’s food? And when you say, “Poor me–bend to my rules. Accommodate me,” it is so funny because we are literally fighting for our lives and you are fighting for a candy bar. Anyone with any sense of decency, would ask, “What can I do to help?” and be thankful for their children’s health.

  • Sue

    Kayle,
    I am sorry to hear that your child is not being accommodated for and is being stared at. I truly thought we had come a lot further than that as a society. I wish you and your child strength and much happiness.

    • Stacy

      If you read above from WG supporter, the school is accommodating to his needs, she just wants her 2 seconds of fame. The school is doing what they need to do for all students with food allergies.

  • Troy V

    She is going overboard. her child nearly died when he INGESTED peanut butter, not “around” peanut butter.

    Since he has already had a reaction, he knows when he is having one (the school should have an Epi-Pen and teachers be made aware how to use it and what symptoms he may show if he is having a reaction.

    Now, our school (gradeschool) is considered “peanut free”, but they told the parents that there is no guarantees, you can’t control everything (it could be on shoes, clothing, hands from breakfast (which gets it on door handles).

    My main concern is this parent is setting her child up to actually have a severe reaction (if you keep it away from him all the time (home, school, outside activities), what happens when he is exposed again, does he not realize he’s having a reaction until it’s too late, does he forget about his allergy and eat peanut butter crakers at a friends house in 3-4 years because a parent has no clue about his allergy.

    This is an allergy (you can develop an allergy at any time) that generally you grow out of (my youngest brother was allergic to nuts when he was 3, but by age 7 he had outgrown the allergy. Others develop the allergy later in life.

  • guest 2

    Hot topic with strong opinions! My 14yo son has severe food allergies to peanuts, almonds, peas, soy, legumes, etc. He carries an epipen. School is aware but doesn’t bend too much. When he was in grade school I just sent in safe for him treats to have whenever the classroom got snacks or treats, etc. He takes meds daily to help. My biggest complaint and concern was the bullying he was dealt with. He’s had pb&j sandwiches waved in his face, wiped on his person and belongings, etc. Mostly while on the bus ride. We’ve changed schools and moved to town to avoid the bus, but only thing that truly helped was getting older. He was singled out due to allergies, causing more harassment, bullying, etc. While I know we did the right thing for him, it also causes him a lot of suffering, too. We did change schools, that helped a little bit anyway.

  • Concerned Parent

    These comments make me nervous to send my kid to school who has life threatening allergies. Even to say that a 4 year old should know and be able to take care of their selves. I have a four year old and I can tell you that he knows that certain foods can make his brother sick, but doesn’t truly understand. We have two nonallergic kids and one who is. I have to say to the comments on home schooling , not everyone has an option to home school their child. Unfortunately like many people in the US we needed both incomes and, both my husband and I have to work, so homeschooling wouldn’t be an option and my job wouldn’t take too kindly to me telecommuting and teaching my child from home. However, I don’t think the mom in the article is asking for that much. She is asking for kids to wash their hands, which I don’t think is too much to ask, considering that not only stops allergies, but stops diseases from being spread. I would hope that it is enforced in schools. She is asking for a peanut free classroom and I know around here, it is the norm when there is a life threatening allergy. It isn’t in the lunch room and honestly for an air borne allergy, I am not sure what the happy medium is. I know one of the schools actually posts a safe snack list for parents to buy off of for school and maybe that might be an option. For cross contamination (cc), I think that is hard, because not all manufacturers label for cc warnings and at that, I think we have to push for stricter labeling. To the comments about how there wasn’t accommodations when we were young, that is correct there weren’t but there are more children who are becoming allergic then back in the day (so to speak) and we need to answer the question why is that happening. Like all parents, I want a safe environment for my kids, whether it is food allergies or another disability and I think that every child has a right to an education and to attend school and until we live a mile in someone else’s shoes, we shouldn’t be commended on how we make accommodations for another disability and not this one. I don’t know what it is like to be death, but I would want to ensure that every reasonable accommodation is made to that child who is.

    • Stacy

      My child attends this school in his class room! And before school even started at back to school night we were notified as a parent that there was a peanut allergy in the classroom and the classroom was peanut free. We were given a list of what snacks we could bring to help keep the classroom safe for this child. Also upon entering the PREK students as well as teachers do wash their hands. It is their classroom policy. Also if you read above the school is doing what is necessary to keep this child safe and they do have policies and procedures in place. I am not understanding why this parent would have to go to the news other than to get her time on TV. Everything she is asking for is being done other than the school being peanut free.

      • Laura

        Stacy the pre k is following what I am asking whoever the rest of the school is not. I have other kids spread out from 5th grade down and pre k is the only class that wash their hands like they are suppose to. My concern is not so much for this year but next year. I want these changes to be made before he enters kindergarten. Do you think that it would be beneficial to your child to watch him die in front of them because they were allowed to eat their snack? How would you feel if you sent a birthday treat and it killed a child? The schools current policy is they will TRY. I have spoken with the superintend, the principal, and the nurses and they have all said that if a snack comes in that MAY contain nuts in it it will be passed out. If he gets a crumb on his hand and touches his nose and that crumb had a microscopic amount of peanut in it he will go into anaphylactic shock right there. I do not see how that would be good for any child to witness.

      • That Mom

        The current school policy is that if a snack comes in to his classroom that MAY contain peanuts it will be severed to everyone but him. If he gets one of those crumbs on his hand, rubs his nose, and that crumb does in fact have a microscopic amount of peanut in it he will go into anaphylactic shock. Yes it is the PRE-K policy that the student’s wash their hands upon arrival however the rest of the school is not required to wash there hands ever. In the younger grades the teachers are great at reminding them to wash their hands but it is not required. I have other children in the school so I’m very aware of what goes on there. Yes his PRE-K teachers are doing an AMAZING job at notifying the parents and doing everything to keep him safe. I did say that during the interview however as you can see that did not make it into the story. While I have complete and utter confidence in his teacher this year and last year with out the hand washing being enforce throughout out the rest of the school OR a peanut restriction in the whole school, (right now it is just HIS class that is restricted of actual peanuts. One of my son’s came home and said a student brought in doughnuts with peanuts on top, they were severed, and no they did not wash their hands or wipe down desks afterwards) he can not safely attend school. I am not demanding that the whole school go peanut free I am asking that precautions be taking if they don’t want to go peanut free. I’m ok with either. I’m not sure how it would be beneficial to your child to witness one of her friends collapse on the lunch room floor, have to be stabbed in the leg with a needle, and be revived by EMT’s (if it’s not to late by that point) because she HAD to eat PB&J and sit at the hot lunch table. Think about how you would feel if your daughter came home from school and said that her friend died because she was sitting next to him eating something he was deathly allergic to. I have spoken with the principal, superintendent, school nurse, and district nurses several times. I asked that if they weren’t going to implement my requests that he at least be giving a one on one because from the time he shows he first sign of reaction it only takes 15 minutes for him to die and many of the signs of anaphylactic are internal and aren’t easily identified. If they aren’t going to implement my requests he should at least have someone who has their eyes on him 100% of the time to identify that he is going into anaphylactic shock and administer the Epipens. I was told no. A friend of mine contacted the news station I did not. I agreed to do an interview but I did not seek this out. I have been trying to work something out with in the school for a month now only to be told no to everything by the people that I’ve talked to this far. The board has not made a final decision on the matter yet. I am hoping that our policy will be changed for a more clear black and white policy. The way it reads right now is that best efforts will be made leaving open for interruption what their best effort is? Is it sending a note home once at the beginning of the year and letting what happens happen or is it checking labels on snacks and sending home snacks that are unsafe for an allergy child to be allergic to? I really do love our school and I have to say I was honestly not expecting the fight I got this year as last year things were much different. The policy may not have changed on paper but I can tell you that last year they were sending snacks back home school wide that had warning labels on them with peanuts. This year they are not.

      • Unbelievable

        As a pediatric ED nurse, I find your comment and many others showing a complete disregard for life. The school is not providing a safe environment for this child if they are allowing products that may contain or have exposure to peanuts. I also find that requiring hand washing is not unreasonable, as it prevents the spread of many illnesses and diseases and it provides great hygiene skills for ever child. I would be ecstatic as a parent for my child to learn life long healthy habits and skills. I know first hand how severe anaphylactic reactions can be for a child that was accidently exposed. I have seen the red blotchy skin with a hives and blisters, I have seen the swollen face of a child, their face so swollen the parents cannot recognize their own child. I have seen the child that their tongue is so swollen it is sticking out of their mouth. I have also been part of putting a tube down a child throat so a machine can breath for them because the swelling has cut off their airway. I could go on and on, story after story about life threatening allergic reactions due to accidental exposure. The one thing I have not seen is any of the accidently exposure is for that child to going home the same day, each end up in the hospital with an IV and several medications usually for several days. As a parent myself and I would like to think that every parent cherishes the life of his or her own child, so why would you or anyone want to endanger the precious life of another. Place yourself in that situation, would you like to wake everyday knowing that your child may be exposed to an element that could take his or her life. Knowing this family and the difficulty they have day in and day out because of the life threatening allergies is something no one can relate too unless they too live it or have observe it. The most ironic part of this reality is people that know and love this child and cherish his life have no problems accommodating to his needs, nor would we have problems accommodating the needs of others. A disability is a disability, whether that is a physical, mental or life threatening. Are we so simple minded and selfish that the disability of another precious life should be less important because making accommodation will affect your child’s life for only 8 hours out of the day? Also you need to know she did not contact the new, the news contacted her after her public Facebook post was share with them.

  • Unsure

    Laura, I am curious, how long have you been asking for modifications? Had the school board already discussed this? Why contact the media before the meeting or is that the only way you received a meeting with them?

  • guest 2

    Even food labels are incorrect. For example soy lecithin isn’t an allergy yet many labels call it out as soy. Peanut oil is okay for most/all because it’s the PROTEIN that causes the allergic reaction which isn’t in the oil. Nor lecithin. However ever check out labels and you’ll see how many different things contain hydrolyzed soy protein! Insane! From soup bases/bullions, seasonings, snacks, sunflower seeds, power bars, BBQ sauce, many many foods, the list goes on and on. My son takes his lunch every day because who knows the ingredients of the ingredients! If they have BBQ pork sandwiches, we would have to make sure the bread and sauce didn’t have soy protein! Plus, he can’t have peas or any type of bean along with various fruits, yet if he wanted one thing from hot lunch he has to take it all on tray. Its all too complicated and only singles him out that much more. We just keep on keeping on with a short list of safe brands n foods. We’ve struggle thru these years, but, we’ve survived.

    • Sue

      Well, Guest, I have to say, after reading your post, I am even more thankful antibiotics are our only allergy. You rarely ‘accidentally’ come in contact with those!

    • 2 old crabs (@2oldCrabs)

      Guest2, while I agree with most of what you said, I’d like to clarify that not all peanut oil is safe for those with allergies. The cold pressed peanut oil, which is usually sold under gourmet labels, still contains the peanut protein and unsafe for those with peanut allergy.

  • Melissa

    This is so sad. Are people saying they seriously would rather have the right to eat a salty, fattening and unnecessary snack than to protect a child’s life? I am confused by the selfishness I am reading. There are plenty of other “safe” and healthy foods that children can bring to school. As for hand washing, this is something that should be done regardless of any allergy concern. It prevents the spread of colds and viruses so why would anyone be against that? As far as the peanut butter, I truly hope none of you ever have a loved one who is allergic to peanuts or tree nuts, because that loved one could seriously die if exposed! If you don’t think it is a big deal, please allow me to lock you up with a venomous rattlesnake in the same room with you and see how you feel. Are you willing to take that risk with YOUR life? This is what people with severe food allergies deal with everyday. It is a life threatening condition. Wow, how selfish.

  • Sue

    I don’t think anyone here wants to see anything happen to this child.
    Those of you who are saying people don’t care if this child dies are being a little melodramatic.
    I don’t think anyone here is saying their child’s right to PB&J is more important than this child’s life.
    I don’t think anyone is opposed to hand washing. I think people are questioning how realistic it is to expect to enforce that every child entering a building in the morning thoroughly washes their hands.
    According to the article, the school is being asked to ban everything that says ‘may contain peanuts’ as well as actual peanuts.
    Someone above mentions that peanut oil is not a problem. I know that is not true for a friend of mine. Her child cannot have anything with peanut oil in it.
    I guess I think that if this child is that severely allergic, he should probably not be in the public school system until HE understands better how to keep himself safe. the argument is being made that he is only 4 and therefore not responsible for his own safety. yet, you want the OTHER 4 year olds in his class to be responsible for his life and safety?
    As far as a full time aide for this child, if the parents TRULY feel that he could die within 15 minutes if someone doesn’t happen to notice he is going into anaphylactic shock, I would think they would be more than happy to pay for the aide themselves. I paid for the lifesaving treatments my son needed as an infant when the insurance refused. His life was worth that expense to me.
    I’m sorry, I do not feel the taxpayers should foot the bill for a full time aide for every child that has ‘special’ needs. yes, your child has the right to a ‘fair and equal’ education. Dedicating a specially training adult to ONE child, full time, means that child is getting a public education ABOVE AND BEYOND the education of the other 25 students in the room who are sharing the attention of one adult. If you want your child to have a full time aide, pay for it. Since my kid is ‘normal’, if I want them to have any special attention, I have to pay for it.

    • kas

      I agree with sue. I understand that these parents want a equal education for their son, but its not realistic to control hundreds of other children. What if a child eats peanut butter before school and has a unnoticed little bit on his clothes then sits next to the child with the deathly allergy? Personally I think they are more concerned with the “rights” of the child and less of the risks and safety of this child. If he were my child, I would wait until he was older, more responsible to fully understand his risks and learn what he can do for his own safety before putting him in a public school system. Maybe he will grow out of it so it won’t be such a serious problem.

  • Obi Wan Kenobi

    I’ve always felt people with severe food allergies should be aware and try to avoid them best they can. It may single the kid out, but I feel since he has the allergy he should sit at a special table at lunch. Since peanut utter is often a secondary lunch menu item, or a common brought home lunch, i feel itd be easier to keep the kid with the allergy at a certain table where he for sure knows he is safe. Where he knows someone’s hand that wasn’t washed didn’t touch that table. I feel it’s easier to make accommodations for one person as opposed to a whole school. Yes everyone can help a little, but people will only do so much if they even listen.

    • Work Together People

      Oy Vey … while we’re at it, lets put all of the children with physical disabilities at their own table, separate out anyone who might be different from the “norm, ” etc. That sounds reasonable, right? How incredibly sad this all is. The remarks are horrendous on this board. The kid is small, young, and obviously cannot read labels and have the adult responsibility. Legally, we are required to send our children to school. The school’s responsibility is to provide a safe, learning environment for all children. We, as parents can help out by thinking of this as our village. What do we need to do to keep our village (children) safe, happy, healthy and learning? Now go do it, even if it means making accommodations for a few . Be HAPPY and THANKFUL you do not have to worry day in and day out about your child going in to anaphylatic shock all because of a stupid peanut. Can you imagine that type of stress every single day?!?

  • Kristy

    Some of u ppl r ruthless!!! Acccomodating deaf and blind.. Those kids won’t die if the others can’t communicate! We r talking about life and death! We are talking abt a mothers love for her child!! We r talking about a mom that carried and protected that child in her womb and would die for her child!! Did any of u idiots ever loose a child!! Do u know that’s the worst heartbreak in the world! It’s a friggen peanut ppl!! A peanut or a precious child!!! Wake up !!! Put urself in someone else’s shoes!! That child that u think should b homeschooled and left out could one day grow up to b a dr that mayb ur selfish family may count on desperately one day!! U r all arguing over the life of a baby and a peanut!! Unteal

  • Fred Johnson

    So when the farm next to the school starts growing peanuts. What will be this mothers plan of attack? Wash hands and the child that washed his hands still has the remnants of his breakfast of a peanut butter sandwich which he consumed at home. The mother has a dilemma. Good luck trying to create a peanut free school in view of the following. Americans consume on average 1.5 billion pounds of peanut products each year. The school should only be responsible for what procedure should be implemented when said child suffers their allergic reaction.

    • That Mom

      First off if there were peanut farms around here we wouldn’t live here. Secondly no one is asking the school to make sure that no one has anything on the back pack or shoes. It is being as that they do want they can by making sure to wash hands. Secondly we are not asking that the WHOLE school go peanut free. We are asking that HIS classroom stay peanut free. The ONLY thing that effects are the snacks that can be brought into the classroom. There is a list with 100+ other items that can be brought as a snack for the class that are peanut free. If the school is knowingly passing out snack to an entire class that may have his allergen in it are they not responsible for that since they know that if that snack in deed does have peanut in it he could die? Isn’t better for a school to take preventive measures rather than just what for it to happen? Do you think the other children will benefit if the EMT’s have to intubate him in the middle of the lunch room?

      • Carly

        I think you have every right to ask the classroom to be peanut free, I guarantee that every person on here saying it is asking too much would change their mind in a second if it was their child!

  • Robin

    So I should send my (peanut/tree nut allergic) son to school with a loaded gun? Because it’s the SAME thing. YOUR kid could KILL my kid simply by eating a peanut butter sandwich. Just as my kid could KILL your kid with a loaded gun. Educate yourselves, because those of you who say it is an “entitlement” issue are ignorant. And yes, our country does mandate that EVERY child be given an equal and free education, regardless of disability. And severe food allergies have been recognized by the government as an official disability. Look up the Americans With Disabilites Act and educate yourselves before you make idiotic comments and further make yourself look like the horrible, heartless people that you are. I only hope to be able to teach my son about the horrible people like you who exist in the world. God help you all.

  • Angel

    Just a thought, if my child was in a wheel chair I would want them to go to school, however if my child was in a wheelchair and if the wheelchair got bumped the child would likely die I would not want to leave it up to a school full of children to all be careful all the time. If my child had an allergy, I would want them to go to school, but if that allergy was so sensitive that one child could accidentally kill mine by hugging him, I believe I’d take measures into my own hands. That’s putting a lot of faith in a few adults a herd of children and a policy. Just because it’s “fair”doesn’t mean it makes sense.

    • Robin

      So homeschool your kid. Mine goes to public school and his school cares about keeping him safe. If your kid won’t eat anything but PB& J, keep them home and consider a nutritionist to help include other foods in their diet. PB&J is a horrible diet for any child to eat for 3 meals a day!

    • Momof3

      Right…. the mother is taking matters in her own hands. She is getting the school to change the policy. It’s a sandwich it’s not a necessity like a wheelchair.

      Would you picket the school if they installed a handicapped bathroom? That’s infringing on your Child. They must wait a minute longer since there are less stalls.

      It’s a unnecessary food! Why make someone’s life miserable for it? Be nice and hope it doesn’t ever end up being you as good allergies are rising and they can come at anytime.

  • MikeH

    I completely agree with you Kayle. They are whining over a child feeling different for having to sit at a different table when there are kids out there who will always be looked at for being different. This boy is just going to have to sit at the peanut free table, and if there are stares, so be it. That’s life.

  • chrisbet4

    Kayle – I am very sorry your child is stared at and whispered about. I have children with Autism and I also work with children who are in special education. This should not happen to any of them, but it does every day. No child should have to put up with this and no parent should have to worry about their being put through this at school. However, this allergy is also a disability. It can cause death so quickly and easily it is frightening. Yes, my children are looked at and whispered about due to their Autism, but I don’t have to worry that they won’t come home alive at the end of the day. My children do not have to worry that they will all of a sudden not be able to breath and the only thing to help them breath is a shot, and that might not even work. This truly is a life and death issue. It is not simply a child that gets a few hives and then they are fine.

  • Momof3

    You people are some of the most selfish people in the world. It saddens me to see the utter hatered and selfishness coming out of you.

    This is a 4 year old child. He has been instructed to protect himself. Do you trust ANY 4 year old to do what they are told? Have you seen how children grab things from other kids? Would you allow your 4 year old to make life decisions? No mother wants this! Children need to be children. They shouldn’t be exposed to the vile hatered they are because they have. A disability. They are though. They are excluded and left out of a lot daily. Peanut butter sticks to fingers etc. this is the issue. A kid eats it it sticks then touched a pencil and a kid dies. Can you close your eyes and imagine the fear a mother feels when she lets her child go somewhere and she hopes all the training and prevention has worked? Imagine sending your 4 year old to a classroom with a loaded gun on the teachers desk. You told them not to touch it. Cross your fingers and hope for their return.

    Get a grip. It’s a sandwich. A not that nutritious one at that. Eat it later and save a life.

    Maybe if we took a second to think of others your selfishness will be replaced with a feeling of pride that you are a good kind person.

  • givemeabreak

    What everyone on here doesn’t realize is that every single thing and more that Laura Coleman has asked for has been accommodated in her son’s current building. She is very obviously in this to make money, to try to sue, to gain attention. It was the same thing last year school year when her son attended… why didn’t she complain then? The handwashing thing is absolutely ridiculous to me. One student may have wiped their hands on their shirt prior to coming in… what then? It may have been smeared on their cheek… what then?? Are we going to start showering kids before they can go into a classroom? Why are we making the majority suffer to accommodate the minority? You even said in this interview, the school must make REASONABLE accommodations, THEY HAVE DONE SO!!! Laura, you work for this school district also… you never mentioned that. Why are you biting the hand that feeds you?? You have been on facebook slandering your employer left and right, posting emails from other district members that I would assume are probably supposed to be confidential and not distributed to others. Are you going to post emails about students you work with on your personal facebook page? As a community member that concerns me!!! How should you be allowed to keep your job??? You haven’t even given the school board a chance to discuss this before interviewing with news channels. You should be embarrassed and ashamed of your actions. Again I will say, it was the same policy last year… WHY ARE YOU COMPLAINING NOW???? ATTENTION! That’s the answer.. wake up fellow readers here! She is in it for attention!!!

    • That Mom

      Last year school wide snacks were being sent back home for not being peanut free. Last year the school was backing up the fact that nothing that may contain peanuts would be passed out in his classroom. This year that is not the case. In fact I was told that if a snack came into his room that may contain peanuts it would in fact be passed out. That is why I’m complaining this year. I DID tell them that the teachers in the pre school program were doing an AMAZING job at making these accommodations however as you can very well see that didn’t make it to print. I told them that without a policy to back it or a 504 plan to protect him that I was worried that the teachers would be forced to follow the current policy which knowingly puts his life in danger. I DID tell them that I worked for the school again that didn’t make the story either. The interview was over an hour long and you seen 2 minutes of it. As I have stated several times I’m not asking the school to guarantee that he never comes in contact with it I’m asking that they eliminate the KNOWN risks. As far as slander on Facebook if you are one of my “Facebook friends” then you would know that I have posted the positive and the negative. I received an encouraging email for the superintendent which I posted about. I posted that I was excited to meet the the superintendent and others and was hoping to come to an agreement. However that meeting was a complete disaster. I told them in the interview that I have always LOVED this community and that’s why I have been completely taken back with the way things have gone this year, which again didn’t make the cut. I have repeatedly said on Facebook that the teacher’s are amazing and they I am confident that they will do everything they can to protect him but again without school backing there is only so much they can do. I have never nor would I ever post things about students, other than my own, which again if you are one of my “Facebook friends” you would know that also. The “private” emails were in regards to my child, they were sent to me. They did not contain any confidential information about anyone in anyway other than my own child and even at that names were not used. Yes you are right his current class has made reasonable accommodations (again I did tell them that but didn’t make the story) but they have done so with out the school backing them up. There is nothing concert that states this is the way it’s going to be. When I spoke with everyone last year I was assured that the policy backed what I was being enforced. No I didn’t get it in writing because everyone was so willing to help I just assumed in a community like Granger it was fine and I had nothing to worry about because everyone had his best interest at heart. I don’t think that anyone is going to suffer because they have to wash their hands and eat goldfish instead of cupcakes. I can assure you that I do not like nor want the attention. I would have MUCH rather settle this matter weeks ago quietly and peacefully and gone about my merry way. I would have much rather sat down in that meeting and be told “lets see what we can do” and not “this is all we are legally obligated to do”. I have lived in this community peacefully for 7+ years so for me to wake up one day and just say “HEY! I think I’m going to make waves today even though I’ve lived here happily for 7 years” is absurd. While I would greatly hope that that our school district is above compromising my job because I’m advocating for my son and all the other children that are going to be coming through our school with the same life threatening allergy, because there ARE more of them coming in the next few years, I can replace my job. I LOVE my job but I can not replace my son. I honestly expected a much different response from the community considering everyone here has always seemed so loving and caring. I wouldn’t have thought that anyone would want to carry around the burden that they cause another child harm over something as silly as peanuts. I am ashamed and embarrassed but it’s because of responses like this one instead of responses that are offering to help keep my 4 year old alive. I am hoping that the school board will be of much help and if they are I will sing it from the roof tops. I will blast it EVERYWHERE that our school board is amazing and does care. I will happily do a follow up story, if they are interested, about how wonderful it is to know that the school board is making change for the better for students with life threatening food allergies. You have NO idea how badly I want to say something positive about this situation but so far it’s been all road blocks.

      • givemeabreak

        If you are confident in the teachers then what more do you need? Reasonable accommodations Laura. Those are being provided, and the teachers would not do nothing to put him in harms way. What is your complaint?? I said it above, what if the peanut butter is on their shirt and they hug your son? What if it’s on their cheek? Guess hand washing wouldn’t help that would it? Yeah, I have seen your comments. Great for the positive ones.. but this is your district and your employer. Save the media for after the board meeting. Save the social media posts for, well, never! Because common sense and class tells you that you don’t do that. Guess you missed that memo. I’m done commenting so feel free to reply and keep spewing on as you have for weeks. I have made my points. I wish you and your son well and know that despite there not being a policy change on your behalf, your son will be safe at WG.

  • YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe

    Seriously, the kid could DIE!!! Not get sick, but DIE!!! My God, have you people any compassion for children? It’s not like they are asking you to keep it out of your workplace, or college, or even high school. We are talking about an elementary school child who possibly can’t even communicate their symptoms properly yet (Hey, my throat is closing… I might DIE). Many of you mentioned home schooling the kid, well maybe she can’t because she has to go to work every day to make a living to support her family. Do any of you know anything about that? If you’re all so rich that you could quit your job tomorrow to home school your children then why don’t you pay her salary for her so she can stay home to provide her child with an education. Not to mention that you think it’s such a pain for you to not send peanut products to school, what about what she has to do on a daily basis, no scratch that minute basis, to keep her child safe in this world. You are acting like she asked for her child to have this allergy. I can guarantee you that she wishes this weren’t the case more than you!!!

  • Todd

    I think by making it a requirement you create a duty to enforce, so if the child does get sick it becomes the schools fault for failure to enforce their policy. It’s a shame how the exceptions now create the most risk for public entities.

  • saddened

    Empathy! I hope your children have more then some of you. The friends of these highly allergic children know not to consume peanut products, because they care about the safety of their friend. Isn’t this the type of caring children we want to raise?

  • Scott Wehrle

    Givemeabreak, the policy hasn’t changed, but the administration has. Last year they were more that happy to accommodate his need and created a peanut free classroom, not allowing peanut containing or exposed including the May contain products into his classroom. This year may contain products are fine, regardless of what his medical plan states. Yes she is seeking attention, to a policy and situation that creates a dangerous situation and the lack of response by the people who are required to make reasonable accommodates. She did complain last year because they made the accommodation, this year they’re resisting it. That’s the difference. We’re does it say emails from board member are confidential? If that’s the case, the don’t use email. Gee, if an employer treats their staff like this, why would they treat non staff members or the community any better? Especially when there is no incentive too.

    • Givemeabreak

      Actually no, the preschool rooms are 100% peanut free. They will not serve may contain peanut products out there. Every parent that has a child out there knows this.. I am one of them. As far as in the k-5 building, my understanding is the principal last year didn’t get the policy! I sent stuff for my older student who had a peanut allergy in the room and the product said may contain, they served it no problem, we offered an alternate fun snack for that child! That teacher didn’t send our snack home cause she got the policy! The old principal would fold under pressure, I get the feeling new administration understands and intends to implement the proper policy. Now how is the employer treating her poorly?? They are following procedures that have been discussed with many attorneys and allergy specialists-I’m sure they’re not stupid! Laura is in direct violation of small print at the bottom of the email from a nurse staff, not a board member. Perhaps she should read all that before posting. At what other work place would an employee be allowed to slander their company and return? Common sense tells a person you keep those complaints about your employer to face to face conversations with those closest to you, not post them on social media. As a parent I don’t want her back for fear she will post about my child! She clearly has no common sense! And as a community member who wants to promote our amazing schools and the wonderful teachers who care about every single student that walks through the doors and would do anything to protect them, I find what Laura is doing disgusting, ESPECIALLY as an employee. Work it out in meetings not on social media and news. Be gone lady!

      • givemeabreak

        Also, again you state REASONABLE accommodations. REASONABLE!!!!!!!!! Is it reasonable to ask 500 kids to wash their hands upon entering a building, after lunch, after snack?? Maybe. Would it take forever?? YES! So now it’s interfering with my child’s education because 30 minutes of every day is spent with the teacher waiting for ALL students, 3 times/day to wash their hands! 30 minutes per day adds to 92.5 hours/year that my child is missing out on classroom time. Guess what?? Then I am going to the school board because my child is losing educational time! Therefore, that request is not REASONABLE! I believe that every teacher in this district would do everything possible to protect a peanut allergy student in their classroom. Laura also knows that as an employee. Looking for her 15 minutes, looking to TRY to make a pretty penny. Again I will say DISGUSTING!

      • That Mom

        If these accommodations are already being made and admins have no problem with it then why is it to much to ask that it be put in writing somewhere? Why is it to much to ask that there be something concrete so that things are not open for interruption and can not change from year to year? I did try to settle it in a meeting. I was told that none of what I’m asking including his room being 100% peanut free be added to a 504 plan or to the school policy? If it’s already that way why not put it in a 504 plan? If you don’t want your kids to wash their hands you are always free to home school. The CDC states that students should be washing their hands before and after they eat anyway the only “extra” time I’m asking that students do it is upon arriving to class.

      • Kayela

        Wow, you must be a sad person if you think peanuts are more important than a child’s life. You’re a sad excuse for a human better yet a parent. And she had no problems last year with the peanuts. If it was the same as last year this wouldn’t be happening. Im sorry you are a selfish person that only cares about yourself. HE CAN DIE FROM PEANUTS DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND THAT. If he dies because of selfish people like you I’ll be pissed. He is my sunshine. You must not know what it’s like to be an aunt because it’s a wonderful thing, you can be their mother, sister, and best friend at the same time and if I lost him or any of my other nephews or my niece I don’t even know how I could live. If you are really going to try to come up with something else don’t even bother because I don’t care. A child’s life is more important than peanuts and if you can’t get that through your thick skull then nothing will.

  • Ann Christine

    Keep up the great work! By all means schools can create “allergy safer” classrooms that are free of ANY life threatening food allergens. The easiest way to do that is REMOVE food from the classroom all together. Classrooms are for learning, not eating. If the school admins were smart, they would focus on the positives for ALL students vs a child’s disability. They could easily go label free and request only fresh fruits and veggies for snack time. This would decrease the amount of teaching time taken to read labels and open packages, reduce risk for allergic children and would be a healthier option for all.

  • Keepyourfilthyhandstoyourself!

    So, givemeabreak are you a member of the administrative team that is involved in this case? You keep stating the Laura is posting slanderous remarks about the school, but the only way you would know that for sure is if you were one of the people refusing to work with her on this issue.

    “slander”
    Houghton Mifflin
    n.noun

    Oral communication of false and malicious statements that damage the reputation of another.
    A false and malicious statement or report about someone.

    How do you know her statements are slander. You would have had to be there.

    Again, if it’s already being done, put it in writing. That reduces the liability if something does happen. That’s why organization have write policies and procedures, to guide and protect the organization.

    Also, other school districts already do this and they’re bigger, so I’m having difficult understanding why it is such an issue for you personally, to have children wash their hands at the start of the school day. Frequent hand washing protects everyone! There is no good reason not to do it. Saying it takes too much time is ridiculous. Hand washing is the number one intervention in the reduction of illness and disease transmission. Telling children that it’s ok to not wash their hands before and after eating and when they come in after playing outside is poor hygiene and poor direction from adults.

    • Givemeabreak

      I am a parent at Wg elementary, not an administrative member by any means! As a parent I know the policy, I have also seen Laura’s facebook posts for weeks. That’s how I know. Thanks.

  • WGMom

    I completely agree with givemeabreak. As a mom with a child that attends WG this is only shedding bad light on the community and district that we live in. If the school board chooses not approve her requests for the changes where is she willing to go from there. She loves the community and the school so much but yet she is willing to negatively impact both by going on the news. I think that what the school has done has been good enough for all the other kids with this allergy why all of a sudden is it not good enough. If my child had this allergy and it was so bad I would definitely want to make sure that I monitored it closely myself. Maybe she could quit her job at the school and follow him around all day to make sure that he is safe.

    • That Mom

      This allergy has a wide range of reactions from mild to death. Kendrick’s allergy is the worst one that the school has ever had. I have been told that by MANY staff members and admins. I would have loved to make posts about how awesome the school admins are handling Kendrick’s case. i would have loved to be able to share what an amazing experience that it has been to work with them to better accommodate on paper. I would have loved to tell the mom that contacted me about how the Earlham school handled her case that Granger was even better. Unfortunately that was not the response that I got from the admins when I approached them with my ideas. The ideas that I approached them with were ones that me and 3 other food allergy families here in the community came up with. Kendrick’s allergy has worsened over the past 3 years to the point that his levels this year are off the chart and they can not even tell me how allergic he is anymore. He is currently on a waiting list for OIT treatment so that hopefully in the future if he doesn’t come in contact with it that it won’t be so deadly however that doesn’t always work and it can take a few years for it to be accomplished successfully. I would love to be able to just quit my job to follow him around and be a stay at home mom unfortunately that is not an option at this time. I applied for a job at the school for 2 reasons. 1 because I love the school and have always believed it was one of the best and 2 so that I COULD be close to Kendrick because of his allergy. So that I could closely work with staff and admins to help them better understand how to handle his allergy. Do you not find it convenient that I began working for the school the same year Kendrick started? My hope for this interview is to pave the way for the other’s that are coming up behind Kendrick that are as life threatening as his. I know for a FACT that there are other children here in this community and other families that are hoping for this changes so that their children can also safely attend this school also. I have put my self out there to not only help Kendrick but so that other families don’t have to go through the heart break and disappointment that I am.

    • That Mom

      This problem is not just WG there are other schools who are standoffish about this subject. Wouldn’t it be great if we could advertise for this school and this community that we are one of the best schools for peanut allergies and if you your school won’t help you, you can come here and we will? Several people have told me about the other schools that are amazing with food allergies. I was REALLY hoping to add WG to that list when this whole thing started.

  • chrisbet4

    For those who are saying this mother is making the school district look bad, I have to say that as an outsider, you are making your district look worse. You are personally attacking a woman who is just trying to keep her child safe. This woman has not personally attacked anyone, she has voiced her concerns and complaints with the policy and the board as a whole, but there have been no personal attacks. If you don’t want your district to look bad, you should stop the personal attacks.

  • ShellyH.

    To LISEETSA. This is the Dr Kendrick goes to. This Dr has informed the family that at all cost this child needs to avoid any type of contact with peanuts. This includes traces or manufactured in the same area or build that processes peanuts. His levels are so high that she is fearful of his next reaction. It is so sad to see my daughter (Kendrick’s mother) break down in tears when we were out shopping and went to 4 different restaurants before the 5th one was able to accommodate his peanuts allergies. Bob Evan’s in Kansas City, KS made accommodation for a party of 28, this included cleaning the kitchen area where his food was prepared, wiping down all the tables and chairs and opened up an area away from the front where there are food products with peanuts. It amazes me the amount of hate, inconsideration for another life and lack of being a responsible parent and adult. This child is 4 years and has learned if you tell him it has peanuts, he will say “I can’t eat that, it will make me very sick and die.” I think that is amazing for a 4 year old to understand. His siblings have learned to ask for him when they are around and at our house where we do have peanut butter and peanut products make sure that everything is cleaned and put up before he visits. The world will not end for all those people out there that that can eat peanuts if they have to wash their hand and skip eating peanuts for a few hours out of the day. However, it will stop for this precious little 4 years old life if he accidentally ingest a peanut or peanut proteins, not to mention that contact with it causes a rash that blisters and the skin peels off. As to the Givemeabreatk and WGmom, why don’t you share your names with the community since you seem to think that Laura is doing such a disgrace to the community. My thought is that you don’t share your names because one or both of you work within the school and are afraid you may find yourselves with the Iowa Board of Education knocking at your doors for attacking a mom that has every right to protect her child from dying.

  • ShellyH.

    To GIVEMEABREAK this is the definition of reasonable. To me it would only make sense to a person of sound judgment, that if you know a child is so sensitive to the peanut protein it could kill him, a person would go above and beyond what they could, to protect that child. Who’s not being reasonable?
    rea·son·a·ble
    ˈrēz(ə)nəbəl/Submit
    adjective
    1. (of a person) having sound judgment; fair and sensible.
    “no reasonable person could have objected”
    synonyms: sensible, rational, logical, fair, fair-minded, just, equitable; More

  • Reasonable Mom

    Ok people, I am 39 years old and have a severe allergy to nuts. Not just peanuts, ALL tree nuts and legumes. Yes, I will go into anaphylactic shock. My parents found out I was allergic when I was 3 years old and ate a peanut butter cookie. When I was in elementary school, I was the only person with this allergy. Even through high school, I didn’t know ANYONE else that was allergic to nuts. I had NO special accommodations. Every day my mother sent me to school with a cold lunch. I finally got to eat hot lunch at school in junior high when I convinced my mom that I would be careful and could take care of myself. I have gone to the hospital more times as an adult for an allergic reaction than I did as a child. Yes, I feel like a pain in the butt because I have to read all ingredients before buying anything and I have to ask everyone if there are any kind of nuts in something I want to eat. But I don’t ask ANYONE for special treatment. I have 6 children of my own now and luckily none of them have any allergies yet. I have one more that I have to wait until he is at least 3 years old before eating any nuts to make sure. Why is it that I had to take care of myself growing up, but now everyone needs special treatment???? At work I don’t ask for special treatment. I have notified everyone that I am allergic, but don’t ask that anyone do anything different. I work with a woman that has 55 different food allergies. She doesn’t ask for special treatment! And if you need to know, I carry an EpiPen and Benadryl just in case. However, when I accidentally get a hold of a nut or any of their products, I still have to go to the hospital for three shots in my butt! Today’s society is harboring a generation of bullies, brats, and weenies. I will NOT have ANY of my children included in any of these categories!! So go ahead, bring on the comments! I have lived with this my ENTIRE life and want to know why YOUR children are more special than I am?

    • 1 preventable death is too many!

      The difference is, the ADA was established in 1973, but it wasn’t until the 1990s with the ADAA that person’s with life-threatening allergies were also defined has persons with a disability. According to this federal law, persons who qualify as a person with a disability are guaranteed the right of free appropriate public education and that “reasonable modifications” to policy, procedure, practice, standards and enviroment be made for the effect individuals with the same disability. According to the ADAA, reasonable modifications are any and all modifications to public accomodations that do not create a possible or actual threat to others, substanially change the core practice (or in the class of education) curriculum and do not place undue finanical burden on the public entity or accommodation.
      Additionally, there has being substantial increases in the diagnosis of food allergy, with shellfish and peanut/tree nut allergies being responsible for the majority of deaths, episodes or anaphylaxis and hospitalization. Annually 150-200 persions with food allergies die from their allergy, the majority of which are teenages. 300,000 visits per year to ambulatory care centers (emergency dept.) for persons under the age of 18 are related to peanut/tree nut allergies alone.
      Food items that contain the Precautionary Peanut Allergy Labeling, such as “May contain” or “Processed in” or” Processed on” and the such, contain detectable levels (2.5 ppm) in 5 to 37% of the products tested and scholarly articles warn that persons with allergies should avoid these products. A trace of peanut is all that it takes to induce a reaction. and while the average interval between ingestion and reaction is 30 mins, there is no way of knowing when and how severe the reaction will be. There are multiple cases where reactions occurred hours after the ingestion. These delays increase the change that current treatments will not work and that the person will experience anaphylaxis, increaing the risk of dying.

      Much has changed since the 1970’s. It’s not that her child is any more special that you, it’s that we have a better understanding, more reseach, better access to healthcare and emergency medicine and yet we see life changing events because of food allergies. Is it not better to reduce the chances of and allergic reaction, then to have to treat the reaction. You yourself indicate that it is a pain in the butt to live with and life-threatening allergy and the multiple times you have had to go to the ED for treatment, so again I ask isn’t it better to reduce the risk. This isn’t about, “toughening up”, being a wimp, being pamper or coddled. It’s not about “bullies, brats, and weenies”, this is about a human life, any human life. 150-200 deaths/year is too many, especially when the majority of then are children and many could have been preventable with some common sense and exposure risk reduction.

      I’ll end with these questions, knowing that the majority of death each year is our younger population, what is the acceptable risk? How many preventable deaths are “Ok”? Who would you risk?

  • his dad

    i hope who ever the people that have been bashing and attacking my wife have an allergic reaction to something so they can experience all of the struggles my son and family go through every single day you all have no freaking clue what it is like to see your 1yr old child wheeled into the hospital on the verge of death covered from head to toe in hives eyes swollen shut for something as simple as peanut butter and you all think that she is asking the world to change shame on you and for the people from granger I’m pretty sure you know my wife and son and for you take the position you have and hiding behind an alias on here just shows the cowardice and shows you do not have the guts to say it to our faces and i hope as parents you do end up changing your opinion as you see everyday how happy of a child kendrick is and as far as the statement made that peanuts are restricted from the school i say that is a bunch of crap just ask the 5th grader that brought doughnuts from caseys that had peanuts on them to school for his birthday snack to share with the class and the girl that was removed from that room do to a peanut allergy and was later made fun of cause she couldn’t eat them

    • Amazed at your Attitude

      When your wife agreed to do the interview she opened herself and the district up to harsh comments. This is the way of the world, which is unfortunate, but it is what it is. Everyone thinks they have the answers to everything and will sit behind their computer and fight a fight that is truly none of their business, but yet because it was on the news, it can be argued that it is their business. The news opened that up for discussion, because your wife did the interview. Your comment about how you hope that anyone that is attacking your wife has an allergic reaction, is just malicious. You are very wrong in your thought process. If it is really that bad, then you wouldn’t want to wish that upon anyone.

    • Del

      Dear Dad, you need to stay supportive to your wife who is being attacked. My husband was not very supportive once the school did not want to accommodate my son due to his nut allergies. The best thing you can do is to not listen to the ignorant comments of the people here. People do not understand that nuts are like cigarette smoke with the difference that it can be deadly in a matter of minutes instead of years. The rights of other people end when you rights begin and your son has the right to be safe and included at school. Stay well.

  • Mom

    ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME……. Everyone bend to my rules…..I can’t so no one can. Really this is how people want to raise their children? I am sorry but this is so ridiculous.

  • trytounderstand

    What she is asking does sound extreme, until you think about your kid being needlessly exposed to something that could kill them. To a family with a PN allergy, the pro-peanut arguments sound a little different. Try substituting the word “ricin” for PB in sentences to get an idea of how you sound to us.

    How would you like to hear these arguments: My kid isn’t affected by Ricin – in fact he likes to eat it sprinkled onto all his food. It’s convenient and easy for us as a family and he really likes it.

    Hope you don’t mind if he brings it in and sprinkles it on his lunch as he sits next to your kids in school. And I feel there is no need for him to wash his hands before he touches the door handles, or the drinking fountains, or the desk your kid will sit at later, because it doesn’t and won’t affect my kid.

    I pray the research on allergies makes more strides soon. Hope these folks can look into oral immunotherapy – there is a Dr. in Des Moines who is one of a few in the country that is helping many kids overcome PN and Tree Nut allergies using OIT. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/story/health/story/2011-11-30/Program-helps-girl-sneak-peanuts-past-her-allergy/51496028/1

  • GetReal

    My child has life threatening allergies to several major food groups. She can die from contact due to cross-contamination. She takes age appropriate measures (6) to take care of herself, but without the help of others, keeping herself safe it is an impossible act in midst a sea of allergen and America’s food obsession. It baffles me that multiple people here suggested their right to a peanut sandwich is more important than this child’s right to life. Furthermore, the topic of home schooling as an “out” is laughable. I make six figures, think I can home school? Would you be more comfortable with me collecting welfare, benefits, free medical, housing, and food stamps that YOU PAY FOR than with your child not bringing a peanut butter sandwich? Also, should any other “inconvenient” people also just stay at home and never come out? Hey, I know – blind people next? Oh, freedom for folks with wheelchairs is overrated, who needs that -back to their house they go! Perhaps the best suggestion yet is for some of you geniuses spouting off things you know nothing about whilst referencing your “freedom”, is to stay off the internet and never, ever leave YOUR HOUSE. Better yet, since allergies can be acquired at any age, I hope Karma gives several Top 8 allergies you can enjoy what it is like to the daily possibility of death due to some small minded folks the likes of yourselves. Oh, and if you want your child to enjoy their peanut laden sandwich, you should HOMESCHOOL THEM.

    Mom – you are doing the right thing. Keep going! <3

  • Peanut allergy mom

    My son “was” extremely sensitive to peanuts when he started kindergarten, so I can totally relate to how scared this mother feels. We worked with our sons school to put a 504 in place that included a monitor on the bus, the seats and handrails on the bus being wiped down, the epipen traveling with my son throughout the school day (from teacher to monitor to special area teachers, etc.), peanut free classroom, antibacterial lotion outside his classroom and special area classes, etc. Meanwhile, during his kindergarten year, we took him to Hartford, CT to the New England Food Allergy Center to desensitize him to peanuts. When he started, just being around a child who ate a peanut m&m would result in hives, sneezing, coughing, etc. Now, after about 9 months of treatment, he consumes 3 peanut m&m’s daily as his maintenance dose! It’s truly changed our lives!!! I strongly suggest that Kendrick’s parents look into this for their son. They will be glad they did!

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