Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Parents Protest in Florida

Did you see today's story about a group of parents in Florida that are protesting to have a 1st grader removed from public school? She has a severe peanut allergy, and as a precaution, students in her class are being asked to wash their hands both in the morning and after lunch as well as rinse their mouths out. The protesting parents think that she should be home-schooled rather than deal with the special rules required to keep her safe.

Obviously, something close to home for all of us parents with allergic children. Here's the link to the article on Yahoo News. If you don't want to become over-agitated, skip reading the comments. I'm constantly amazed at how narrow-minded people can be if they are the least bit inconvenienced.

Post Follow-Up: Here's a link to a news story about this protest that Ann did on the Today Show. I love her point that the protesting parents are really missing an opportunity to teach their children compassion.


Lisa said...

So sad on so many levels. I think it is all a communication issue. Do you have a post about how you work with your school for your daughter?

Mom with a Mission said...

Hi Lisa. You can copy and paste this link (http://peanutclinicaltrial.blogspot.com/search/label/peanut%20safe%20snack%20list) in your browser or just click on "peanut safe snack list" under Labels on the left side of my blog. The list of documents I provide to the school is over on the right of the blog under Peanut Allergy Documents/Forms.

Thanks for all your comments!


Lisa said...

Is your daughter's school completely peanut free or just her classroom?

Mom with a Mission said...

Neither. She's never been in a peanut free classroom. Her allergy is also not so severe that she can have a reaction with an airborne exposure. It's only through ingestion that she could have a reaction. Her teachers, Abigail and myself just take all of the necessary precautions to avoid accidental ingestion.