The Child With The Peanut Allergy

You’ve heard about this or read about it, I’m sure. Parents at a Florida school are picketing, trying to persuade the child’s parents to home-school her because of the extra precautions their children must take to avoid any peanut-contact for this one child. The kids are being asked to wash their hands after they eat and rinse out their mouths as well before they go back to the classroom.

As a former teacher, I can tell you that when kids wash their hands, it’s most often not very thorough. Most of the time, they just get their hands wet, and a lot of the time, they enjoy slinging the water at one another instead of drying their hands with a paper towel. And how are they going to rinse their mouths? At the water fountain? Ewe… Will they use the sink? Will they each have a paper cup? Where will those come from?

People who don’t teach have no idea how long a stop at the restroom takes when you have 20-30+ kids, three or four bathroom stalls, the kids’ natural inclination to tarry, discipline issues, “Don’t make me come in there!” and on and on. Then one will need a hall pass to go get his/her medication in the office, another one will have left something outside or in the cafeteria, and it gets to be a circus quite quickly. We used to take ours to the bathroom before lunch. At least they were hungry and eager to get to the cafeteria at that point. They’re never eager to get back to the classroom.

I really do feel terribly sorry for anyone so allergic to peanuts that they could die from the briefest contact with someone who had touched a nut. How will they go to college? How will they work, touch door handles? Ride public transportation? Go to a concert or a game? Life must be very difficult for these folks.

Yes, I do feel sorry for these people, but I feel sorry for the teachers who have a peanut-allergy kid in their school. Think of the extra stress. Do I smell peanut butter on that kid’s breath? You sure wouldn’t want a kid to die because you slacked off. I’m just sayin’. Personally, I think I’d have to ask for a transfer.  CNN News


About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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