Allergy Debate: Should ‘Fake’ Peanut Butter Be Banned From School?

I often send my 5-year-old to school with a FreeNut Butter and jelly sandwich. For the uninitiated, FreeNut Butter is the brand name of a soy-based spread that looks and even tastes somewhat like peanut butter but is actually nut-free. I’ll always include a little Post-It note on the top of the sandwich bag: Dear Teacher, This sandwich is made with peanut-butter substitute (ignore my child when he tells you it’s peanut butter). No, really, I do this. My child’s school is a nut-free facility, and it’s school policy to alert teachers of anything questionable. And so I do.

But schools in parts of Ontario are now being told that even popular peanut-butter substitutes like soy butter should be banned altogether to protect students with life-threatening allergies. According to the London Free Press, a school board memo telling principals to kibosh fake peanut butter has sparked a powerful public debate.

In the memo, Thames Valley District school board director Bill Tucker wrote that peanut-butter replacement products are “no more appropriate in our schools than regular peanut butter. This decision was made after determining that our staff would have great difficulty being able to differentiate between real peanut butter and the substitute.”

On one side of the debate are people like Tucker, who says he’d rather err on the side of caution and create a safe environment for allergic children. “We have some kids who can’t even stand the touch or aroma of peanut butter. If a teacher can’t distinguish between two products, how do we expect five-year-old to distinguish?” he says.

On the other side are angry parents who think this move has reached an all-time high of ridiculousness. They say that soy butter is of no harm to kids with a nut allergy, and so banning it from the classroom makes no sense. Granted, most of the nut-free replacements look exactly like peanut butter when it comes to packaging, but teachers should be able to distinguish between the two. And the London Free Press points out that Hilton Soy Foods, which produces Wowbutter (a soy-based spread), even has  a “school procedure” component to its website that includes labels to fix to lunch boxes so that there’s no confusion (I guess this is a fancier version of my Post-It note solution).

Not surprisingly, the debate is getting rather heated. We’re interested in hearing what you think: has the school board gone too far, or is such a move necessary to ensure that allergic children are safe?

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    • Pix

      “Granted, most of the nut-free replacements look exactly like peanut butter when it comes to packaging, but teachers should be able to distinguish between the two.”

      (Honest questions here. Not intended to come across snarky.)

      In what way should teachers be able to distinguish between the two?

      And do you mean ‘should’ as in ‘it should be their responsibility to be able to tell the difference’ or as in ‘it’s really not difficult for the average joe to tell them apart?’

      • Shawna Cohen

        hi there. teachers should be able to distinguish between the two by reading the label (i.e. one popular brand is called FreeNut Butter while many others simply say “soy butter”) and then obviously reading the ingredient list carefully to be sure. when i wrote “should” i meant it should be the teacher’s responsibility to be able to tell them apart (and that, yes, most people would be able to).

        that said, i want to be clear that i truly understand why some school and many parents of allergic children would support such a policy; if i had to pick a side, i’d side with them. i am one of the lucky moms whose children have no known food allergies – and i feel so blessed. but i also have close friends with kids with life-threatening allergies, and you better believe that they would go to extreme measures to ensure their kids are safe. unless we’ve walked in their shoes – and witnessed our own child go into anaphylactic shock – we have no right to judge.

      • Pix

        Ok, that’s where I was/am confused. If the fake peanut butter is just packed in as part of some kid’s fpb+j sandwich, there is no label for the teacher to check.

        I’d definitely need to know more about the allergy before standing firm on one side or the other, but I’m with you. If I HAD to choose a side right now, I’d err on the side of caution.

        I understand (and agree) that the many should not always need to change their ways for the few. At the same time, there are plenty of other foods to eat. (I realize some schools are more restrictive than others. I’m just talking about straight peanut butter.)

        One thing I can say is that I do not envy those that need to worry about it on a daily basis.

    • Kay

      I honestly find the whole policy ridiculous. I know that people claim that some kids have a life threatening allergy to peanuts and that the smell alone can kill them, or whatever. But it’s ridiculous. Lots of kids also have allergies to eggs and gluten. Why aren’t we banning those as well?
      Also should we really be increasing the exposure that kids are getting to soy? Soy, which is a hormone disruptor. My son’s school does not allow peanuts or any nuts, but luckily I found a non-soy replacement.
      I feel bad for kids who have the allergy, but maybe the parents should teach the kids about how severe their allergy is and to not share food at all. I have a friend whose child has celiac disease. Her daughter is only 3 (much younger than most school aged kids) and will not touch food without asking if it has wheat in it. She then informs the person offering food that she has Celiac disease and wheat makes her very sick. She’s only 3. How hard can that be for an older child?

      • danielle

        People “claim” that their kids have life threatening allergies? As a parent of a child who is severely allergic to peanuts (and by severely I mean the MOST severe his pediatrician has seen in 20 years of practicing and teaching medicine) I don’t claim he has a peanut allergy, he has one, it’s a fact. A potentially fatal fact. Peanuts and nuts are different than milk, eggs or gluten in that they have high oil contents. Those oils can get on surfaces and are not easily removed without soap and water. Also, kids who react to peanuts and tree nuts usually have much more severe reactions than those who have anaphylactic reactions to eggs, milk, soy, etc.

        It’s easy to say ‘don’t share food’ which my son has known since he could understand, but what about when he sits down at a table where the previous kids smeared their peanut butter hands all over? He touches that, then touches his food, then that food goes in his mouth and BAM, anaphylaxis. Yes, it’s really that severe and if he doesn’t get epinephrine within minutes, he will die. Did you know that sometimes even epinephrine isn’t enough to stop an anaphylactic reaction? Comforting knowing you could send your child to school or a birthday party one day and he might not come home alive. I’m not being dramatic. That’s the reality parents of kids with severe, life-threatening allergies face every single day.

        Do I think that schools should ban peanut butter substitutes? No, I don’t. I understand picky eaters, I understand the need to have replacements. It’s responsible, respectful parents like Shawna that model the behavior parents should employ when using such substitutes. Or these days, how about a simple e-mail to the teacher at the beginning of the year “if you ever think Johnny has peanut butter, rest assured it’s just sunflower butter”. Are we THAT lazy we can’t simply communicate anymore?

        (For the record, my son does not attend a peanut free school and because of that the staff is even MORE vigilant than they would have to be if the school was peanut free. He has an extensive Individual Health Plan which outlines all the ways they protect him from peanut exposure).

      • Lisa

        Obviously a parent’s instinct is to do everything in their power to protect their children, but I honestly think Darwin is trying to tell us something here.

      • Melissa

        I think the reasoning behind outright bans of some foods that lots of kids are allergic to and not others has to do with the nature of the reaction to certain allergens. Nuts (and fish – do they ban tuna fish sandwiches at schools) can cause anaphylaxis in an allergic individual just by breathing the smell in, but I’ve never heard of this happening for other allergies like eggs, gluten, soy, dairy, etc. For foods that you can have a reaction from physical contact, I would agree that parents need to teach their children to not touch those foods, but obviously parents can not tell their children not to breathe. I think that’s the difference.

        I think there needs to be more acceptance of such policies among parents, and more education on allergies in general. It seems like parents with non-allergic children see these policies as a violation of their constitutional rights to feed their children peanut butter, (and maybe it is) but schools are allowed to make these rules within their four walls for the good of the students. What I can’t understand is why parents don’t have compassion for other children’s well-being. A parent would certainly want protection for their own children if they were in a similar danger.

    • xobolaji

      shawna you’ve summed it up beautifully. i have 2 daughters with life-threatening allergies and while the school my children attend is awesome, and careful and vigilante, i have heard countless stories of adults who sincerely believe that the fact that a young child may die at school on any given random day isn’t enough to convince them to forgo their adult “rights” over defenceless children.

      but guess what? if you ask children point blank: “susie, would you mind NOT eating peanut butter today because johnny may die if he comes in contact with it?” susie will say, “forget it mommy, i won’t eat peanut butter either, i like johnny and i want him to be safe!”

      how do i know this? because i gave a presentation to my daughter’s elementary school class and that is precisely the feedback i received. i also spoke to the principal prior to my talk and i mentioned my gut-feeling that it’s overbearing adults who work hard to make it difficult to create inclusive environments for children, and not children and she said, “bang on!”

      there is no perfect solution to this “problem,” and it’s not going away. some adults are straight-up wrong. there is no debate. a child dies or a child lives. if a gnarly parent chooses to send her child to school with a life-threatening object—because that what peanut butter is for people with anaphylaxis—then so be it. you’ve made your point and now you’ve got a child’s life on your hands.

    • Nancy

      I think the school board should not ban peanut-butter substitutes. To do so implies they believe some parents will try to sneak in regular peanut butter, which I don’t doubt because some people are just crazy or inconsiderate or lack common sense. The thing is, these people are so irrational that they’d probably try to sneak it in anyway if they really wanted to.
      I think educating people on issues first is always preferrable to just creating more laws and rules that impose on indivual freedom. Maybe they should have a parent teacher meeting with everyone and really try to drill into everyone’s head that some kids can die if parents give their children peanut products to bring to school. If the parents of the children with allergies speak up to everyone, sincerely, I think that would get through to people more. They could also send out letters to parents, put up signs around the school or even the whole region; things like that.

      • Vicky H

        You are against banning peanut-butter substitutes because: “To do so implies they believe some parents will try to sneak in regular peanut butter…I think educating people on issues first is always preferrable(sic) to just creating more laws and rules that impose on indivual(sic) freedom.”

        but you also admit: “The thing is, these people are so irrational that they’d probably try to sneak it in anyway if they really wanted to.”

        I don’t think that children’s lives should be at risk while we try to reason with crazy people.

    • Lisa

      My children attend a nut free school and I sometimes send them with the fake peanut butter (because just jelly is a bit boring and sometimes they just want something different). Sometimes my kids eat a PB&J (real PB, not fake) before school as part of their breakfast. What if they wipe their darling little mouths on the shirt of their sleeve (because whether I like it or not, despite being told numerous times to use the napkins on the table, not their sleeves, to wipe their mouth, they still sometimes use their shirt sleeve) and go to school with peanut oil/residue on them? I try to make sure if they do eat peanut butter for breakfast that they don’t get dressed for school until after eating and they wash their hands thoroughly. But what if they don’t? Or what if they eat granola and yogurt for breakfast and the granola contains nuts? I don’t know what the answer is, and I try to do my best to keep other children at school safe, but I can’t be 100% certain that my children are peanut-free in anything other than their lunchbox (i.e. face, shirt, pants, hands, etc. may have been in contact with nuts. My house is not a nut-free environment.).

    • WMDKitty

      Oh, hell no. If you (or your kid) has a food allergy, it is YOUR responsibility to take care of it. Not the other kids and parents, not the school staff, YOURS.

      You can keep your home peanut-free, but when it comes to public accommodations (such as schools), you have no right to expect special treatment like “peanut free schools” and the like.

      Now can we stop with this ridiculous “peanut-free school” bullshit? It’s depriving children of one of childhood’s greatest joys, the PB&J.

      • Pix

        What a nasty attitude. I absolutely feel you have the right to disagree with peanut free schools. But do you need to sound so heartless about it?

        How would you feel if I said ‘Oh hell no. If you (or your kid) does not want to get hit by a car, it is YOUR responsibility to stay out of the road. It is not the responsibility of the drivers to swerve to avoid you?’

        Everyone agrees that you shouldn’t run out into traffic. But we also agree that if someone else does, you should make an effort to NOT plow them down with your car. (At least, I certainly hope we do.)

        And honestly, though the odds are slim, they are real. And the end result can be death. You’d rather see a child deprived of their life forever than see a child deprived of pb+j for a few hours each week?

      • independentskeptic

        My kid has celiac’s disease, but I would never insist on some type of wheat/bread/chips ban at a school to accommodate that. That is ridiculous.

      • Mia

        I agree with WMDKitty. So your kid has allergies? Your problem, not mine. Don’t make my daughter suffer for something that isn’t her fault. I’ll be damned if she can’t take a PB&J sandwich to school for lunch just because a kid a few classrooms down has an allergy and paranoid mother.

      • Laurie Freeman

        Maybe you’d change your mind when you watch your child die due lack of empathy, arrogance and ignorance from others.

      • Pix

        Ok. So we’re chalking up another one for ‘I don’t care if your kid is deathly allergic even without consuming it herself, my little darling shouldn’t have to eat one of the thousands of other foods out there if what she really wants is peanut butter.’

      • Mia

        So we’re chalking one up for a passive aggressive head case that likes to make snide comments.

    • Crimson Wife

      Why is it that when we were growing up, kids with peanut allergies were fine so long as they simply avoided eating the peanuts themselves? Are the allergies *REALLY* more severe today or are the total bans being driven by paranoia on the part of allergic kids’ parents and CYA on the part of schools?

      • Nancy

        I have no idea about that, but I think it’s possible that some kids can’t even smell it. W
        hen I was probably in junior high, my friend’s sister came back to town for a few days to suprise their parents. Unfortunately, her parents had been cooking fish for supper and as soon as she opened the front door she had to leave because she is deathly allergic.
        I haven’t met anyone who had that problem with peanuts though, but they probably exist. I have met a lot of people who can’t eat them, though.
        And more kids are getting allergies these days, I don’t know WHY, not sure if they’re more severe.

      • amandeep

        My little girl is only 3 right now… she is allergic to peanut chickpeas and eggs the smell of the peanuts and chickpeas sets her off, the touch is a drive to the hospital…. even go to a grocery store with the products out of packaging will make her red head to toe and scratching to a point she erupts her skin…. I remember taking nut products to school growing up… I think there is something in our environment causing this… which needs to be looked at. It unfortunately is a paranoia…

      • independentskeptic

        Sounds like you should take your child to a doctor. If the reaction and risk is that strong, it sounds like you are being irresponsible to take your daughter where the risk of exposure to nuts exists (grocery, restaurants, bakeries, movie theaters, ball games, etc)

      • Sara Haaf

        No idea when you grew up, but I was born in 1982 and allergies were that bad back than also.

    • ttjv

      My 8 year old son has a peanut allergy (yes- tested and confirmed by doctors so I’m not “claiming” anything but fact). We use peanut-butter substitutes at home and I have asked him repeatedly if he wants to bring sandwich containing the substitute to school. And it is HE who says no. He is concerned (and rightly so) that people might be confused (even though he is wearing his medicalert bracelet and epipen). He is also concerned that other parents might send the real stuff to school and claim that it is peanut-free. He trusts his classmates to understand and keep him safe but he is mistrustful of parents. Reading some of the comments above, I have to agree with him. His friends will keep him safe but the adults around him may not be so understanding or considerate of his allergy.

      On another note, I know that lunch room supervisors in our school board are NOT trained in any kind of first aid, let alone the symptoms of anaphylaxis or how to administer an epipen. They are instructed to contact the office staff (who are also on lunch break) if someone requires assistance. In fact, the lunch room supervisors are instructed not to touch a child in any way (even if they are choking). So I can certainly understand that we need to err on the side of caution here when there isn’t even a readily-available trained adult to provide life-saving assistance should someone bring the “real stuff” and a child react to it.

    • blues

      After reading some of the comments, I am speechless, but just want to say I can not believe how IGNORANT and inconsiderate some people are out there! Parents do not claim their child have an life threatening allergies, it’s a true fact, parents do not over react or is paranoid. I have 2 boys with peanut and tree nut allergies, and YES they have been tested and is a known fact, so I am NOT paranoid, and I am NOT claiming this. Do people not understand that a child could DIE if they come into contact with any nuts? Do you want to be responsible for taking a child’s life? Can you live with yourself? I just know that no one will truly understand the seriousness unless they themselves or their child(ren) have those allergies. It’s a sad world out there, but I do know that, if YOUR child had allergies, you would want to make sure they are safe in every way. Who cares if my child can possibly die if he comes into contact with peanut, the most important thing here is that your child gets to have their peanut butter and jelly sandwich, right?

      • Z

        I live with myself just fine, thank :) You can take your drama and exit stage left now.

    • patb

      Several years ago, my daughter attended a school one day a week where there was a child with one of those so-called life-threatening peanut allergies. All forms of peanuts were banned at school and children were instructed to not eat peanut products before coming to the school.

      One day, my husband packed my daughter’s lunch without realizing she was prohibited from taking peanut products to school (I typically packed the lunches, but was at jury duty that morning). “Surprisingly” the child with the supposed life-threatening peanut allergy had no ill effects sitting next to my child with the peanut butter sandwich. At that point, I realized that the whole peanut allergy thing was a crock…

      • blues

        just because that one child didn’t have a reaction doesn’t mean all peanut allergies are “crock” or fake. i can’t speak for that child in your child’s class, but i can speak for my own, and i know for a fact my kids both have the allergies, and they have been tested many times and not to mention they have had reactions to it when they first came into contact with it (that was how we found out about the allergies). My older when he first had peanut butter freaked out, and his tongue started to swell and he couldn’t breathe. My youngest had 1/4 tsp of peanut butter and his face broke out rashes within minutes, then he throw up (good thing he throw up and got it out of his system). so people that don’t have to go through this, you have no right to say we parents who have to go through it is over-reacting, or is paranoid. It’s already hard enough living having to read every label and be scared to feed my child something in fear it’s going to hurt them!

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    • Frisbee

      I think this ban on peanuts is ridiculous.

      What do we ban after peanuts? Shellfish? Wheat? Carrots? Pineapple? I’m allergic to all four as well as peanuts and I think this move to ban peanuts from schools is absolutely ridiculous. If your child is severely allergic to something as common as peanuts then YOU need to make changes in YOUR life and YOUR routine and quit expecting others to make changes in their own lives to benefit you. One of my children has inherited my allergies and guess what…I home school her. If that isn’t possible then private school is an option as well. You think being outraged over this is selfish and cruel? Dictating what others can and can not eat because you or your child is allergic to something is selfish and cruel.

    • Banana Boat

      So lets say the school bans Peanut Butter and peanut products. Is the school going to pay me to substitute real peanut butter in my household for my child to take fake PB&J sandwiches to school? I don’t think so.
      What about Soy? Because I’M allergic to soy. Bell Peppers? Those *will* send me to the hospital. More and more people are being diagnosed with Celiacs. Does that mean the schools are going to ban wheat products next?
      Just one more question; what CAN our children eat?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/4T6QSQ4MKEIPUOMBF2RSTSJ2MU Cori

      Our school just sent home a notice with this ban in place. I do the same as the author of this post. I let the teacher know that it is a substitute product. Their reasoning is that another child might see my child eating this product and then bring peanut butter to school…. so now I am responsible for the actions of another family. This ban has now eliminated two lunches a week for my son, who is a very picky eater. ARGH

    • daryl

      this has gone to far ugh way to far i still and will send my kids ot school with peanut butter items

    • http://www.facebook.com/dezi.christensen Desiree Christensen

      Ugh the reason for even using PB&J is to SAVE MONEY. What part of a higher marked up fake peanut butter saves money? Might as well just bring a ham sandwich at that point. Or cheese. Nobody wins with school lunches anymore. Especiall moms on WIC who can now not use there free peanut butter for anything. Unless they want to make PB and J dinners. WHich they don’t. And I kno its just for kids under 5, but WIC gives out way too much pb for just one kid, its redundant pbs everywhere and no way to use them now.

      • XxdiexforxyouxX

        I’m not understanding. Are you saying some other kid should die just because you’re on WIC?

    • Jamie

      Allergies are increasing because of the use of DDT and other carcinogens that cause gene mutations. I have an allergy to almost anything you can name, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, (I can’t be a vegetarian) , red dye, blue dye, most antibiotics, dust, mold, bleach, weeds, weed, bee stings, pollen. Peanut allergies are a real thing and they suck, my allergic reaction to peanuts and tree nuts is much worse than my allergy to anything else, it happens faster, last long, and is much worse. You know what it feels like on a really hot humid day in July? Every time you go to take in a breath its stopped by the nasty sticky hot watery air, you have to fight to take in each little whisp of air you can. The air drags into your body slowly and is filled with the humidity that surrounds you. That, is what it feels like when I smell peanut butter. I can slightly understand why some parents would be worried about fake peanut butter (that I still can’t freaking eat because I’m allergic to soy!) because I’m guessing it smells like peanut butter. Saying the child wouldn’t have trouble breathing around it would be like saying “I’m allergic to flowers and they make me have an asthma attack, but I can TOTALLY! wear floral perfume because it’s not really a flower” When I touch peanuts I immediately start swelling up, it doesn’t have to be the actual nut, it could just be the oil. You can’t say “just teach your kids not to eat it.” It does not work that way. I once had a kid in my class try to shove a peanut butter sandwich down my throat just to see what would happen, obviously that was not my fault and there was no way I could have prevented it. I had a toddler hug me after eating nuts, I didn’t know she had eaten them, how could I have stopped her? I didn’t go to a school that was nut-free, but most people still tried to look out for me because most cases of shock are someone other than the child’s fault.

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    • Aflack Duck

      I’m a little late to the debate but I need to remind people that it’s like sending a child to school with a toy gun that looks real. Seriously you have to consider that the argument provided is a valid one. I live in america and there are many parent on both sides of the political playing field who see rules enacted that they are just so blinded by their own point of view they wont’ stop to consider why such rules are in place and will break that rule or circumvent it any way they can all in the name of exercising their freedom. There are parents who would actually say, “Let the allergic kids go to home school… my kid shouldn’t suffer,” and send their kid to school with it anyway. People in the west don’t take kindly to restrictions where there once were none. Change period is bad enough let alone one that takes away something. For that reason and many others, it is best to err on the side of caution. Just a few months ago a boy and his friends visited a deli, the cookie was made with peanut oil but had no nuts. Most of his life he had stayed away from cookies period because they were generally made in factories that contained nut products. But he convinced himself that it was fine and even said “YOLO” and died moments later. Ironic, but very serious — It only takes one dad deciding to play mom while mom is away visiting family and not knowing the difference between the peanut butter and the freenut butter because, let’s face it, we mean don’t typically care about those things and women don’t bother to share them with us because well, they know we don’t care… That one mistake is a dead child. I couldn’t live with myself knowing I contributed to the death of a child or that my child who might have an allergy could be exposed by the accidental switch from freenut to peanut.

    • Abby

      Reading all of those comments below makes me feel upset.. I have had a very severe peanut allergy since I was 1, and having a peanut free environment makes me feel safer. I understand where a lot of your comments are coming from, but please don’t act like all of us are trying to make it an inconvenience for everyone else. I always feel so guilty to have to ask if I can read the food labels, tell my friends that I can’t eat their birthday cake, and make my family go to a different restaurant if they use peanut oil. I’m sorry that you all feel the way you do, I honestly don’t mean to make it an inconvenience!

      • Abby

        I want to add one more thing to my discussion entry: I have to agree that the peanut butter substitute ban is ridiculous, because TONS of people at my school have peanut allergies and that’s what they bring. Ok, so maybe to a young child to who cannot read peanut butter and sun butter look the same, but why should they be in contact with it anyways? Shouldn’t the teacher put a stop to it if something wet to occur? This year at my school, they have peanut free classrooms because there are multiple children with life-threatening peanut allergies that can trigger by even smelling it. The students are still allowed to bring PB for lunch, and there is a peanut-free lunch table. In my opinion, what my school did was the perfect amount of ‘no peanuts.’ I can see why you might try to keep the fake pb vs real pb situation away from young children who don’t know better, but in the elementary schools and up it is not necessary because the parents should have taught the kids to know what to look for once they can read. My parents taught me how to read the labels, so I’m sure those parents can too! :)

    • samantha kent

      Lets think of this another way. Lets say your child has an allergy to a brand of paint, and this allergy could kill them if they came into contact with it even if it was only on there skin or at the desk infront of them (and yes peanut allergy’s can kill from touch, smell and ingestion) Ok so you would expect the school to accommodate to your child at least right? So some parents start sending there kids in with paintings they did and the teachers don’t know what paint it was done with so the sensible thing to do is to say No paintings are to be brought in from home but you can still Draw, crayon colour, do origami, print or even scan the image and bring that in. Just to be cautious This is the case (Although metaphorically speaking this school has said “if you can let us know that you have read about our ban on XXXXX Paint please print the label off and stick it on the painting you send with your kid just so we can be sure) Using the same analogy Let me remind you that some kids can be trouble and total bullys. Upon finding kids had a phobia of something in school other kids would regularly taunt them with said fear. In this day and age Allergy’s are more serious but in the eyes of kids just as “funny” So lets say some school bully works out it’s your kid with the allergy but there mother knows this and refuses to let him take paint from home to school, but your kid some other kid has but has told them to tell the teachers that its not the paint your kid is allergic to. Bullys don’t care who gets hurt in there mind they often genuinely don’t believe that the people they hurt DO hurt. I’m sure you can see where this is going right? Bully squirts paint at the allergic kid and the allergic kid goes in to anaphylaxis and dies in 5 minuets. Schools are supposed to ensure the safety of every student while they are in school, It is only fair they do this in the best way they can and cover all bases. Please do remember that Allergys can kill and often do (20-30 people a year in the uk mainly because once you know your allergic you stay the heck away from the allergen)

      Allegrys Kill, Intolerances make you ill and give you the runs, and man I sure do see alot of nuts and bull poop on this comment section