Wow, now holy crap! I even got The Daver to comment on my last post, which almost certainly means that the sign of Armageddon is nigh. A big thank you to everyone who took the time to comment on the post, because if I hadn’t wanted YOUR opinion, I wouldn’t have asked.
See, Aunt Becky cares what YOU think!
And hearing all of your different viewpoints made me feel the slightest bit better because I’ve been a bit mixed up since I learned of it.
Of course I am not all We Should Kill Kids With Allergies or anything, because even if they’re annoying kids (aren’t they all?) I still like ‘em around, but this situation is both more than a minor irritation and absolutely indicative of something far greater wrong with Ben’s private school.
I have the greatest of empathy for children with severe allergies, trust me, I do, because I know just how severe nut allergies CAN be and I know how hard it is to shop healthfully for a child with Food Issues.
The issue has far less to do with this child and far more to do with the manner it has been handled by the school. There is no lunch prepared by the school for my son’s classroom, which means that we as parents are expected to pack it each and every day. No big deal. But if I am expected to pack him a lunch for school WITHOUT any sorts of nuts at all, no nut oils, no nut ingredients, (Nut Ban!) I would really appreciate an itemized list of things that are not allowed.
Because now, it is effectively up to the parents to research, pour over, and create foods that do not have any nuts in them whatsoever.
THAT is what I’m annoyed by.
Dave finally spoke with the school this morning and found out the incident that caused this Nut Ban! was when an infant sibling (not a student) was kissed by his older brother (a student) and went into anaphylaxis. The baby is fine, after a brief stint in the hospital, but this is what triggered the ban.
(apparently, there are also other kids with less severe reactions to peanuts but still allergic also at Ben’s school)
And of COURSE I don’t want dead siblings, but when Daver astutely mentioned that there should be some hand washing protocol (honestly as a nurse, there should be one anyway), the administrator had nothing to say about that. No real ideas about that being important. Also, no list of banned items for us. Again, the onus is on the parents to research and prepare.
So in my opinion, it’s time for Vodka (for me) and Public Schools (for him), where I can be ignored for free.
Now look! A blue car!