Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Food Allergy Bullies
I'm going to get up on my soap box. Give me some room because I'm going to harp on this and harp on it---HARD!
I'm appalled and so upset. I'm ready to put up my dukes and start my own kind of fight.
Today, my little girl was bullied by 2 boys with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Now, I know to most of you that sounds ridiculous. How on earth can someone be bullied with a simple PB and J sandwich?
Well, kids with peanut and tree nut allergies can.
My daughter suffers from severe food allergies. She is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. She doesn't just get hives or an upset stomach. Her throat closes up, her lips and tongue swell and she can't breathe. It only takes about 1 minute. It's called anaphylactic shock. She could die if it's not treated quickly.
These boys thought it would be funny? They wanted to tease her? I'm not sure.
Now to be fair to these 2 boys, I'm certain they didn't understand the severity of their actions (although after the tongue lashing the teacher gave them I'm sure they do now)
But something has to happen. There needs to be some education. A peanut free table at the lunch area isn't enough.
My mission has started. I'm off to help facilitate change.
Watch out. This Mama is armed with pamphlets from Kids With Food Allergies.org and the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.
Mr. Principal, I'm coming to see you.