Nearly a third of children with food allergies are bullied, according to researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. That´s a lot of kids across a nation where nearly eight percent of children are allergic to foods like peanuts, tree-nuts, milk, eggs, and shellfish. The suffering is often done in silence. Nearly half of parents surveyed said they were unaware of the bullying, though both the bullied children and their parents reported experiencing higher stress levels and lower quality of life. "Child and Parental Reports of Bullying in a Consecutive Sample of Children with Food Allergy,"
Comments: Behold the latest frontier in the bullying/victimhood racket. How long before Mooch demands a new federal agency to address this national disgrace?
there is always a grain of truth in this type of story. However, you also have some over-the-top parent who makes the entire school suffer because their kid has some sort of allergy. Not hard to see why this can cause tension.
#1 is correct. The "nut free school" is a common theme as well as an oxymoron. It doesn´t work, makes the kids and parents annoyed at the parents who demanded it, and does a disservice to the child with the allergy who must ... I´ll say that again - MUST ... learn to live in a world full of danger.
I have a friend who is very allergic to a common type of food and he´s actually had experiences where he was certain he wasn´t going to make it to the hospital in time. I sympathize. But he´d be dead by now if he had been given the belief that the world would cater to his allergy and that he was "safe" anywhere.
As a parent who has kids in school, and who thankfully has no children with life threatening allergies, I have NO problem with a cafeteria banning something like peanuts so that a kid who is deathly allergic to them can attend.
If my kid not eating peanut butter is the absolute ONLY thing I had to worry about with my kid in public school, then it would be a cake walk.
Honestly. It´s not that big of a sacrifice for me or my kid.
Re #7, don´t forget that it isn´t just the cafeteria. Other kids in the school are not permitted to take any peanut or other nut-containing item in their bag lunches.
I don´t think it is surprising that these kids might not be the most popular in the school. But these days a simple tease or funny look is called "bullying", so it´s hard to determine just what is going on.
I imagine the nut-allergic kids are using their having been "bullied" as a means of trying to get their mothers to ease up? Kids don´t want to be "different" for any reason.
PS. The allergens mentioned cover a rather broad spectrum. I have never known a lactose-intolerant kid to have a special dispensation from a school. They need to learn to avoid the thing that upsets them. And upset can range from gastric distress to a headache to a life-threatening anaphylactic shock. Some proportional thinking is required.
And how many myopic children are bullied? How about the pale and/or under weight? The number one rule of childhood males is do not snitch. Do y´all remember that one? Boo-hoo for the children of today. Such wimps. Even the so-called gangsters are such weenies. Old school is hard school. Bullied? Really? It ain´t nothing compared to what you are going to see as an adult. Never submit. Ohhhh. I have such anger issues. High blood pressure and a chewed tongue are the fruits of being ´civilized´. God help me! Please!
#7, having raised children prior to these "nut-free" zones, I ask does this just mean no PB&J or does it mean no trail mix, no peanut M&Ms, no Snicker bars, and on and on? I would hate to have to think of that every morning while packing my child´s lunch.
Nearly one third of children are bullied. Nearly one third of boys are bullied. Nearly one third of girls are bullied. Nearly one third of red haired children are bullied. Nearly one third of blond children are bullied. Nearly one third of kids with zits are bullied. Nearly one third of people who breath oxygen are bullied. Not enough PHDs who publish idiotic “studies” are bullied.
"Bullying" is a political crime. It would be interesting to see how those interested in the subject attempt to define it. It would seem to mean whatever the user chooses it to mean. There is something comical about this revenge of the nerds crusade against bullying. The softness and rottenness at the cultural core it represents, however, is not funny. It is a manifestation of decline. America is well on the way to becoming a nation of self-righteous, inexplicably entitled sissies afraid to eat a peach. This has happened before. It has been claimed that Rome´s final defeat of Carthage in 146 B.C. deprived it of the adversary it required to sustain the virtues upon which the republic was founded, and that decline thereafter was inevitable. Whether that is so or not, a society that devotes its attention to bullying among schoolchildren has clearly had too much, too easy, for too long. It has begun to lose its nerve and the fountainheads of its virtue from sheer lack of real adversity.
Nearly half of Americans are bullied by the person who is called pResident. Get used to it, bullying can make you stronger if you reject the people doing the bullying. We have become a nation of complainers/of wimps.
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