Heartless Bullies Are Preying on Kids With Food Allergies in the Worst Way Possible

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peanut butter sandwichBullying. Just when you thought you'd heard it all, kids go and find yet another horrifying way to torment -- and possibly endanger -- their peers. And as the mom of a kid with food allergies, I find this new "trend" (for lack of a better word) particularly alarming: Apparently schools and parents are reporting a rise in the number of kids bullying other kids with severe food allergies by "plotting to switch a child’s lunch to see if she gets sick, for example, or spitting milk at a child’s face and causing a swift anaphylactic reaction."

It's like the lunchroom version of biological warfare, and it makes me ill to think about.

For so many kids, a bite of the wrong sandwich or sip from the wrong thermos can result in near fatal reactions; my daughter had a friend in kindergarten whose skin would actually blister if a drop of milk spilled on him. I can't even imagine what would've happened to that kid if somebody sprayed a mouthful of milk sprayed in his face! Likewise, I can't bring myself to consider how sick my son could get if he accidentally ate a peanut butter cookie at school ... though knowing there's an Epi-Pen with his name on it in the school nurse's office is a comfort.

How to deal with the consequences of food allergen bullying isn't really the issue, though -- the big issue, in my opinion, is that there are kids out there who seem to think nothing of preying on other kids' extreme vulnerabilities. You can't treat a mean streak with an Epi-Pen.

Does your child have a food allergy? Are you worried about this kind of bullying?

 

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Coles... Coles_mom

Another reason to not send allergy kids to regular school.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I know my school is on the case. My son had milk dumped on him at lunch one day and they took him right down to the nurses office to check his records. He does have an intolerance so she asked if any got in his mouth then helped him get cleaned up before sending him back.

akhartis akhartis

That is horrible!  I think if this were going on at my childs school I would have to take them out for their safety!  Is it fair, no...but I would not endanger my child due to other peoples little stupid kids being bullies!  Yes, the bully can get kicked out of school, but when...after the fact and by then it is too late!

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

Maybe we should go back to actually disciplining and raising our children to not bully others.  This next generation is full of children who act like the world revolves around them and are raised by parents who never say no.  We need to go back to actually teaching our children right from wrong, and imposing consequences when our kids act like assholes.  And we need to stop suing schools and teachers who try to discipline our children.  If we don't teach our kids at home how to behave, we can't expect them to not torment others at school.  Too many parents just "hang out" with their kids and don't guide and teach them how to behave.  This is beyond ridiculous.

LadyM... LadyMinni

That is disgusting and exactly why I'm homeschooling. My twins don't have allergies yet, but I know that they can develop later. I have an Epi Pen for my tree nut allergy, though if someone intentionally fed me almonds I would probably stab that person with it. If someone ever did this to my child I'd prosecute. That is premeditated attempted murder, I don't care how young that stupid child is.

MrsRo... MrsRoberts413

I am highly allergic to latex, and I am also a school teacher!  My classroom is free of rubber bands and rubber cement (rubber cement fumes cause anaphylactic reactions in me!).  My colleagues are crazy awesome about it, never had an issue, but when I was student teaching, I actually had a 5th grader (who was a piece of work anyway) threaten to sneak it in and open it to see what would happen to me.  My principal overheard him and blew a gasket, explaining to him that threatening someone with an allergy that way is equivalent to threatening to stab or shoot them.  I agree with previous poster Chanandler.Bong (nice Friends reference, btw!): we need to go back to the days when parents actually parented, instead of blaming everyone else (including teachers) for their children's misbehavior!

AniAngel AniAngel

So we've stopped teaching our kids respect and empathy plus we've taught them that there are no consequences that their parents won't protect them from. The result? Entitled, selfish, dangerous little monsters. There isn't enough pay to take a job as a teacher these days.

nonmember avatar Tori

This happened at the high school I attended. When I was a junior, I had a best friend who was deathly allergic to peanuts. One day while she was parked in the student lot, someone covered her truck in them. she had to get it cleaned up and the school gave her a permit to park in the teacher's lot.

japan... japanmommy

I read this and my first thought is its probably the kids of the adults who think banning peanut butter is so absolutely wrong that kids with allergies shouldn't go to school then I read the first comment.



What a great place we live in that a grown adults response is that your child shouldn't be in public vs lets teach our children not to be little assholes.



Most kids just act how they are raised.

Rootbear Rootbear

My kid would get the beating of a lifetime if I ever heard of them doin any thing like this to another kid with a severe allergy.

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