- Posted September 14, 2012 by
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Peanut Butter and Jelly No Longer a Lunch Option at Some Schools
Peanut butter and Jelly, no longer a lunch option for some school children in Viola, Arkansas. Recently a child had his PB&J sandwich confiscated because of the no-peanut-products policy the school put in place to deal with a few kids who have peanut allergies.
As I read the story I began to wonder, where do the rights of one child begin and the other child end?
At first you might be inclined to think, well no one dies if they don’t eat peanut butter for lunch so, maybe the ban is the best idea for the health of those students with allergies. Apparently 1 in 25 kids suffer from these allergies these days and these allergies can be life threatening.
But, as I know all too well, at the same schools where kids will peanut allergies attend, we also have kids that will only eat certain foods. Should they go without because there is a ban on peanut butter? If I had not met some of these kids myself, I might think I was making that up, but really there are kids out there that severely restrict what they are willing to eat.
So, what is a school to do?