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Special Rules Due To Peanut Allergy In FL

From an unfazed Reuters:

Peanut allergy issue stirs controversy at Florida school

Mon Mar 21, 2011

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Some public school parents in Edgewater, Florida, want a first-grade girl with life-threatening peanut allergies removed from the classroom and home-schooled, rather than deal with special rules to protect her health, a school official said.

"That was one of the suggestions that kept coming forward from parents, to have her home schooled. But we’re required by federal law to provide accommodations. That’s just not even an option for us," said Nancy Wait, spokeswoman for the Volusia County School District.

You know things are serious when public school officials would consider homeschooling.

Wait said the 6-year-old’s peanut allergy is so severe it is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

To protect the girl, students in her class at Edgewater Elementary School are required to wash their hands before entering the classroom in the morning and after lunch, and rinse out their mouths, Wait said, and a peanut-sniffing dog checked out the school during last week’s spring break

The washing and mouth rinsing sounds positively Islamic.

Chris Burr, a father of two older students at the school whose wife has protested at the campus, said a lot of small accommodations have added up to frustration for many parents.

"If I had a daughter who had a problem, I would not ask everyone else to change their lives to fit my life," said Burr

Mr. Burr sounds ‘old school.’

These days the idea is to make everyone accommodate you, no matter how bizarre your needs are.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 21st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Special Rules Due To Peanut Allergy In FL”

  1. BillK says:

    The ADA strikes again.

    From Reuters:

    Peanut allergy issue stirs controversy at Florida school

    By Barbara Liston

    Some public school parents in Edgewater, Florida, want a first-grade girl with life-threatening peanut allergies removed from the classroom and home-schooled, rather than deal with special rules to protect her health, a school official said.

    “That was one of the suggestions that kept coming forward from parents, to have her home schooled. But we’re required by federal law to provide accommodations. That’s just not even an option for us,” said Nancy Wait, spokeswoman for the Volusia County School District.

    Wait said the 6-year-old’s peanut allergy is so severe it is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    To protect the girl, students in her class at Edgewater Elementary School are required to wash their hands before entering the classroom in the morning and after lunch, and rinse out their mouths, Wait said, and a peanut-sniffing dog checked out the school during last week’s spring break. …

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/peanut-allergy-issue-stirs-controversy-florida-school-20110321-163130-339.html

    When will peanuts and peanut products just be made completely illegal?

    Why hasn’t a person with a peanut allergy sued Texas Roadhouse yet, given they have peanuts at every table and the floor is covered with peanut shells?

    The same is true for Five Guys Burgers & Fries, which offers free peanuts.

    But I shouldn’t give the trial lawyers any ideas here.

  2. TerryAnne says:

    I. Hate. People.

    :)

  3. wardmama4 says:

    Wash hands – maybe – rinse mouth – Yeah not in my life. I spent the summer being cared for by a man who had a ‘severe’ peanut allergy – with 5 of his sons and his wife too – all that we did and HAD to LIVE by was NOT PUTTING THE KNIFE USED IN THE PEANUT BUTTER JAR INTO THE JELLY JAR (or it got thrown away). Bingo end of HAVE TOOs. He (gasp) actually sat at the same table while his children ate a PBJ with no life threatening reactions.

    Talk about Nanny State gone wild – treat a child with an allergy like a disease carrier and make up rules that no sane person could follow. Sad that this is that state of being we are subjected to.

    Time for the PC, Nanny State and Thought Police to be sent packing – Make your own little state where you can control each others life -but leave America the heck alone.

    Freedom & Independence means that the one adjusts to what is best for all – and sinks or survives on their own. And boo to this child’s parents for overprotecting and demanding – you don’t like it – take the kid out of school – stop forcing your overboard actions upon the rest of the community.

    • TerryAnne says:

      This is a perfect example on how to teach kids the difference between just getting by and actually doing something. Getting by = using a disability or other issue external to your ability to propel you to what you want; actually doing something = making people cognizent of any issues but then doing your best to stay vigilant.

    • wardmama4 says:

      I just wanted to make sure that people understood that along with that summer with a guy with a severe peanut allergy – I am very, very aware of food allergies – My Mom was allergic to medicines & bee stings, I am allergic to a food and a medicine and my older daughter as a young child was not able to eat chocolate (go figure) – and now my youngest daughter was struck with a severe food allergy (epi-pen the result) last summer and now it seems to have cascaded into other food reactions (appt. Friday to see if we can find out what).

      I understand fully the problems and situations created by it – but other than running to the school cafeteria (when my older daughter attempt to smooze a carton of chocolate milk) – I did not attempt to control her fellow students into some crazy ritual of pointless washing.

      The child learns by either suffering (and yes, untreated childhood allergies are a cause of asthma) the consequences or learning how to be strong and just say NO. Older child finally did and outgrew her issue with chocolate. And yes, not all allergies work out so well. Younger child was no longer a child (22) when hit the first time – a real zinger out of the blue for her.

      I certainly hope this Mommy & Daddy have no intention of following little Princess around for her entire life – talk about making life stressful and not worth living.

  4. pilgrim1949 says:

    Can hardly wait for a “sensitive, contemplative” little girl of the Religion of Pieces (arm here, kidney over there, head on the far side of the hedge) who gets paralyzed with stress and is emotionally and psychologically unable to perform in school unless ALL females wthin sight (both on and off campus) are burkha-clad and EVERYONE is forced to perform their ritual washings before the five-times-daily prayers, on “approved” rugs, facing Mecca.

    Yup, that’ll be a REALLY swell idea and, I’m sure, enthusiastically embraced by the predictable cadre of useful (useless) idiots on the Left.

    Should be fun to watch.

    • wardmama4 says:

      There are already schools that allow Sikhs to carry knives (you know, a religious thing) – It isn’t that far down the road to burka (all one sex classrooms) etc – I have to wonder exactly why these people immigrate to America if they want to change it back to what they left?

    • canary says:

      Wardmama, our radical muslim compound/school already separates the girls from the boys starting 4th grade. They have a fenced area outside so inspite of their required burka;s the boys can not see them.
      Only the male family members are allowed. The Physical Education class starting with pre-schoolers is a violent Iranian Tai kwon do Association, the only of it’s kind.

  5. merkelerk says:

    wardmama4, your question is it’s own answer.

    They immigrate here because they want to change America into an Islamic country.

  6. proreason says:

    Does she get sick if she sees a peanut on tv.

    If she does, then maybe we can get MSLSD off the air.

  7. Mithrandir says:

    Schools have always been a police-state. Look at college campuses? Speech codes, no 2nd Amendment rights, P.C. review boards, micromanaging sexual behavior between consenting people, racial segregation (when they want it) forced integration (when they want it). Forced racial busing of students to far flung districts they don’t live in (the rest of us are required to live in a certain district in order to attend that school). Police dogs searching lockers, drug testing, now the peanut police.

    “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few….”


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