A permission slip sent home with middle school students to their parents in late March was posted to Twitter and went viral.
The slip was to get parental permission to allow students to eat Oreo cookies after a science class experiment. The cookies were going to be used to demonstrate plate tectonics before being eaten.
Parent calls permission slip ‘insanity’
The original post to Twitter was by someone identified as “Maine Line Housewife” (see it here), who said: “Insanity. I have to sign a permission slip so my middle schooler can eat an Oreo.”
From there, the permission slip and indignation over it went viral. It appeared on blogs like SheKnows where “parenting blogger” Becky Bracken was appalled.
Likening allergies with “gluten intolerance and parents who demand only organic for their kids,” Bracken proceeded to lament at the “ridiculousness” of a teacher having to ask permission before giving a potential allergen to a classroom full of children.
She critiqued schools banning birthday cakes and treats, saying, “because it’s just to difficult to make sure none of the kids with special diets and allergies are exposed to the wrong foods.”
Food allergy parents fight back
Parents of children with food allergies immediately began fighting back.
The Maine Line Housewife’s Twitter feed was inundated with counters from parents whose children have severe gluten (celiac) and other food allergies – so much so that she temporarily closed her Twitter account to avoid the confrontations and has since posted an apology.
Blog comments, including the blog referenced above, also lit up with people protesting the indignation and pointing out the large (and growing) percentage of children with food allergies who are going to school alongside the children of parents who seem to think that food allergies are “just a fad.”
As for the teacher, school district and the woman who originally posted the tweet, none of them is giving an interview.