In recent years many schools have switched to having peanut-free cafeterias. What happened to the days when if you were allergic to something you went to school and stayed away from it? That is the question that many parents are asking at the moment as peanut free school cafeterias have created a bit of a fuss. You would think that with all the concerns about the cafeteria not even being a safe place to eat, (read on “How Safe is Your Child’s Cafeteria?”) making them safer would be a top priority. Instead, parents are fighting over whether their child should be able to take a peanut butter sandwich to school or not.
In my humble opinion I would rather my child wait and eat his peanut butter sandwich at home than be the cause of another child’s death. Peanut allergies are not like other allergies, yes you can die from ingesting anything with peanuts in it, but it is also an airborne allergy and even the oil transferred from a school lunch table to a child’s hands can trigger a reaction.
Do you really want your child to feel responsible for another child’s death because he had to have a Reese’s cup in his lunch? If a school has a child that is allergic to peanuts then it needs to be peanut-free. I’m sure you would agree… if it was your child. What do you think?