Food: The New Weapon for School Bullies?


Posted 4.25.08 | Nutrition Specialist

The big story on allergy this past week has been about bullying by way of allergies. Geez, the teen/pre-teen years just get harder and harder, don’t they?

Apparently, an 8th grader from Kentucky slipped crumbs from a peanut butter cookie into the lunch box of a classmate with a severe peanut allergy. Fortunately, the allergic child didn’t eat from the contaminated lunch box and wasn’t harmed. But the 13-year-old bully was arrested on felony wanton endangerment charges.

Click here for the full story from ABC.

So, what does this tell me?

  • It’s really important that the school (teachers, administrators, school nurses) are in the know about your child’s allergy – even through the teen years
  • Gotta have that EpiPen on hand at all times
  • I will never cease to be amazed by the lengths some kids will go to in order to be cruel to one another

What do you think? Have your kids been bullied because of their food allergy? If so, how do you protect them?

Take care,
Marybeth

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