In Arkansas, a student’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich was confiscated by a teacher at a peanut-free school.
One child in the elementary school class has a severe peanut allergy. That student’s mother, who happens to be a nurse, believes that people with allergies should learn how to effectively manage the problem, rather than “live in a bubble.”
Yet the school her child attends has gone peanut free in an effort to protect kids with food allergies. No peanut products are found on the lunch menu. The district’s nutrition coordinator Clint Walker explain that the policy was instituted a few years ago, because ” With the increasing risk of allergies, more students have an allergy to peanut butter and items with peanut butter in them.”
Peanut Butter Sandwich Taken From Student
According to Walker, students are still allowed to bring peanuts products, such as a PB&J sandwich, from home. Yet when one student brought a peanut butter sandwich for lunch recently, it was confiscated by the school as a possible danger to the classmate with a peanut allergy. Some other schools across the nation have no-peanut allergies; peanut products are not even allowed in lunches brought from home. Yet such policies are rarely actively enforced through confiscation of lunches, as apparently happened in this case.
This story has already stirred quite the debate over how far schools should go to protect students from coming into contact with peanuts. What do you think of this school’s actions?