March 24th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Peanut Allergy Controversy

Your opinion of the new rules at a Florida school:

At a school in Florida, a 6-year-old girl has a life-threatening peanut allergy.  To protect her, the school put these rules in place:  The other students must leave their lunches outside the classroom, wash their hands before they enter the classroom and after they eat lunch, and at one point, they had to rinse out their mouths.

You hear some strong arguments on both sides of this issue.  Now, we're listening for what you have to say about it.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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soundoff (327 Responses)
  1. Zayne

    They are making a big deal of a small problem. This is going overboard O-V-E-R-B-O-A-R-D. If the girl goes to a restaurant, or the grocery store, does she have to wear a gas mask or be in a bubble? I think that she should be home schooled. Her parents are making the whole school go through a hassle all the time. That is what I have to say about this little big problem.

    March 24, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  2. Effie

    Parents are getting ridiculous. Why do other people have to be responsible for another child's health issue? My younger sister had the same exact problem and was educated at a very early age, same age as this child, as to how to handle her health problem. While the class (actually, the whole school) was informed of the severity of her problem, she, nor my parents, NEVER had the audacity to push her responsibility for her allergy off on anyone else. Carry your epi-pen, just like the 1,000s of others on this planet that suffer the same reaction. Are playgrounds next? Will we ban peanut butter from all public places? What about hemophiliacs? Are we to ask schools to remove all sharp objects from the premises b/c one child might get cut and bleed to death?

    March 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  3. theresa

    i think its appropriate because if they don't take that kind of measures the child can die... and that is not good.

    March 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  4. spencer

    That is so unfair to the little girl.I think she shouldnt have to feel like shes got cutties or somthing. Its unfair.

    March 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  5. Joshua

    Sure it's okay to have people wash hands and leave their lunch outside that's what we do at my school but having to wash your mouth out that's to far.

    March 24, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  6. Deb

    Interesting. 15 years ago, we had similar accommodations, wipes for wiping not only hands, but also desks. No sloppy milk substances in the classroom. Eating snacks at the desk only, etc. This was because, for young children, food can get everywhere. Our experience was that the burden on others was very minimal – the classroom learned as much as other classrooms.

    When the "rules" were bent, there were numerous trips to the nurses office on subsequent days – many hours of lost instruction. When the rules were adhered to, all children remained in class and learned. One side effect of the rules was that the classroom had one of the best health records in the school – very few colds, relatively speaking.

    Learning to socialize with other children is (IMHO) a core part of early education – even more so for those with disabilities. It appears that the picketing parents think otherwise. The question for them is, if the school supported such a program for their children instead, would they put their children into the solitary, home-school situation? If not, then they should not be recommending the solution for another.

    March 24, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  7. Sue

    We don't know the extent of her allergy (whether it is airborne or not) and a lot of of it has to do with how schools handle liability. They may have wanted to err on the side of caution.
    I think that washing their hands before and after as well as restricting peanuts from the classroom. I don't really understand the rinsing of the mouths because I don't think that will reduce any chance of exposure to nuts.
    The fact that these parents want to kick her out of the school is discrimination pure and simple. My son is a freshman in high school and he has done very well and has participated in many school and community actitivities. The only problems we had were with narrow-minded people who would not respect his need to not be around nuts and we tried to be as accommodating as we could because it is a lifelong allergy. I always told him there are no nut-free workplaces or lunchrooms and he needs to educate others about this particular allergy.

    March 24, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
  8. danny

    its not to much to ask,after all if its life threatening then have ing to do it is better than lose ing a young girls life.but they could have their students no bring any peanut related food to school and just wash their hand befor first class.

    March 24, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
  9. Christina

    Well, yes its good to wash hands and leave lunch outside classroom because of no ants, but banning and telling the kids to wash their mouths? All for one little girl? If that's the case the girl she be homeschooled. My elementary schol was "peanut-free" but didnt go to these drastic measures. If the parents, schoolboard and kids are okay with this, I guess its alright.

    March 24, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  10. Greta

    I think rinsing their mouths out is going to far why don't they check the lunches before they come into the class room see if its got peanuts or peanut butter in it and if it does leave it out of the class room and don't eat anything peanut related for breakfest.

    March 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  11. BC

    Just imagine that little girl is alone in the empty classroom eating her lunch.

    March 24, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  12. Mollay

    I think that these are good rules. They may be a bit annoying, but they are saving the little girls life. Why should the little girl have a allergic reaction and die because people can't take a little time to keep her safe. It's not her fault, she didn't ask to have the allergy. I do think that its a little overboard to have the kids rinse out their mouths – the little girl isn't going to be kissing her classmates!

    March 24, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  13. AJ

    i have a severe peanut allergy and my sister too..... i know that they should save peanuts for the lunch room not snack time, the class room is for learning not dieing... you should always wash your hands reason 1: it will keep germs of... 2: you will stay healthy and not get sick or in this case die.... and i think you should always use mouth wash it is good hijean.... these parents are bullys did they get raised right i dont think so... they should go in our shoes and have a peanut allergy... oh and by the way i play and go to baseball games, go to disny world, and other fun stuff... but you are makeing this a big deal when it is not.... it is just a peanut allergy... learn to live with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 24, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  14. Samuel

    I think that the rule really does go to far because the children don't have to wash there mouth or hands before entering a class room.I think is there parents choice not the schools. For me I think it should be optional.The parents of the kids should say if there kids should be forced to rince there mouths in school.It's just not right :(.

    March 24, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  15. Nicole

    I think that the school should respect that their are people that are allergy to peanuts and if someone does have peanuts with them let the teacher know so they can put there lunch some where else because if this little girl dies that would not be fair. I also think that the students should wash there hands before they come in the class rom but to wash their month is going WAY to far.

    March 24, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  16. Josh

    I agree with the hand washing and leaving the lunch box outside of the classroom... but the mouth washing goes way too far.

    March 24, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  17. Mia

    All I have to say is wow, that is going so over the line. the lunches outside the class is pushing it and so is the the washing of the hands after lunch but washing the kids mouths out is so over the line.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:02 am |
  18. Ben

    The school pushed this problem over the edge. There are several students in my school that are allergic to peanuts, and peanut products. But everything is normal; we aren't forced to clean-up before entering a classroom, we can leave our lunches in our lockers... But to affect the whole grade is just ridiculous. If she has a peanut allergy, give medication to the school nurse, classroom teacher, and take those un-needed rules away. When she goes to a friend's house, or out to eat, how does she stay away from peanuts? There shouldn't be a problem unless she makes contact with them. Keep it like that in school.

    March 25, 2011 at 7:08 am |
  19. seng min

    I think it is appropriate. I'm korean and we don't have some allergies on foods. However, if I have allergy on some kind of food, I should clean my hands or else. It is good to wash hands but I don't think that washing mouth, disgusting.

    March 25, 2011 at 7:33 am |
  20. Michael

    The school is making a big deal about this. First, it is only a one young girl who has a peanut allergy. They are wasting class time to help. I think that if it was a huge number of people with that allergy they should do something about it. How does she handle being out of the school?

    March 25, 2011 at 7:34 am |
  21. Juanya's class

    Sometimes people go too far for one students.There are students allergic to stuff.When other people get an allergic reaction-are we going to test everyone? Send a permission slip to parents to see what they think.
    Put the child in a special class..

    March 25, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  22. Reese

    We have a person in our school with peanut allergy and we don't have to do all that stuff. He sits at the same table in the class.

    March 25, 2011 at 7:58 am |
  23. Mandy

    The rules that the school put in place aren't that big of a deal. The children are only being asked to wash their hands and to keep food out of the classroom, many schools have a no food in class rule anyway.

    March 25, 2011 at 8:13 am |
  24. Danielle

    I think that they went way too far at the time when they were making the students wash out their mouth and it is rediculous that they just can't homeschool the little girl if her disability is really that serious for her to get that much special attention for her to get too eat in the classroom then they might as well just homeschool her

    March 25, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  25. Jace

    I personally think that putting some of the rules in place like the lunch outside the classroom is OK but washing out mouths that seems a bit much, if they really want to solve the problem, homeschool the girl

    March 25, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  26. Sydney

    That Florida school is going too far. I just watched the episode in my classroom, and all I can say is- that is ridiculous. No student should have to wash their hands 4 times a day, let a lone wash out their mouth. Everyone should have equal rights, even is some one has a life-threatening PEANUT allergy.

    March 25, 2011 at 9:36 am |
  27. Taylor

    That's way to far. There was a girl in my class a few years ago who also had a life threatening peanut allergy, she always brought her lunch to school and if people had peanuts or peanutbutter then they didn't sit next to her at lunch. And when we had lunch in the room the same thing happened. It shouldn't affect the whole school, they should just have people with the peanuts stay away and wash there hands when they're done eating. And washing you mouth out... now thats just ridiculous i don't think that some kid would just walk up to her and blow in her face. I mean really?

    March 25, 2011 at 9:42 am |
  28. Jordan

    I think the rules are perfectly reasonable. Everyone has the right to learn, whether they have allergies or not. The people in a school should care about each other; that means they need to be willing to make sacrifices to keep their classmates safe.

    March 25, 2011 at 9:42 am |
  29. Anthony

    I think that the schools are not going to far, they are just doing what they need to do to protect a 6 year olds life. Everyone is entitled to an education. Students should be glad to help their fellow classmates. Its not her fault she has a life threatening allergy.

    March 25, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  30. Kevin

    I myself have a severe peanut allergy, which requires me to have an epipen on hand. The rules about leaving lunch outside the classroom and washing your hands before and after you eat are nothing worth protesting about. Rinsing out your mouth is.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  31. Danielle

    I agree when you have to wash your hands before intering the classroom and after lunch

    March 25, 2011 at 10:34 am |
  32. Brianna

    Parents are getting ridiculous. Why do other people have to be responsible for another child's health issue? My younger sister had the same exact problem and was educated at a very early age, same age as this child, as to how to handle her health problem. While the class (actually, the whole school) was informed of the severity of her problem, she, nor my parents, NEVER had the audacity to push her responsibility for her allergy off on anyone else. Carry your epi-pen, just like the 1,000s of others on this planet that suffer the same reaction. Are playgrounds next? Will we ban peanut butter from all public places? What about hemophiliacs? Are we to ask schools to remove all sharp objects from the premises b/c one child might get cut and bleed to death?

    March 25, 2011 at 10:34 am |
  33. Natalie

    washing their hands & leaving lunch out side the class is fine but wasing their mouths out, boy am i glad i don't live in florida!

    March 25, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  34. Billy

    i say its ok to go to the point of washing hands every school should do that but putting their lunches outside of the classroom what if someones get stolen and also the whole mouth washing thing WOW thats a little to far i mean they act like everyone is gonna go and breath and lick or thats a little to big

    March 25, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  35. Gracie

    This is rediculous!!!!! if the little girl is that allergic she should go to a diffrent school or be home schooled!!!! i relize she is alergic but im alergic to soy but you dont see me making my classes at my middle school wash their mouths out and keep their lunchs out side the rooms. yea, i see thats she is allergic but the world shouldnt have to live with her allergys too. dont get me wrong im upset about that but its rediculous!!
    always with respect,

    March 25, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  36. Marbro

    I think this is appropriate because this is a life threatening allergy and people are concerned about her making rules that you have to leave your lunches out of the classroom and wash your hands.... I think this is good for her.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  37. Manu

    Everything is ok except for the rinsing out the mouths. Have kids wash their hands before they enter class and after. Look at the situation. If you were in the same situation, how would you feel? People in America are a bunch of selfish people. I swear people are really inconsiderate.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  38. cristian

    i think that they made a big deal about a small problem they can just tell the class mates of them to not bring penut related thing,they are making a big deal out of it its just a girl with penut allergys

    March 25, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  39. Roni

    I understand what the little girl is going through when I was her age I couldn't have anything to eat that had corn syrup in it. The school was informed and my mom left a shoe box full of the few things I could have in the classroom just in case somebody had a birthday snack I couldn't have. I believe that what they are doing for the child is understandable and acceptable. If it was my child I would do the same. I wouldn't want my child to be cut off from the world with-out friends to talk to or people to look up to. Everything they are doing is understandable because they are only in elementary school. It would be a whole other story if it was middle school. Also they should wash their hands after lunch anyway. Give the girl a break! She doesn't understand what is going on. She is only 6 years old. She should be able to do the things she wants to with-out being hassled about it!

    March 25, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  40. Angel, Brady, Cierra, Makayla, Travis

    We believe that it is not much to ask of the other students to wash hands and rinse out their mouths. The other students must remember that a girls life is on the line.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  41. Shannon

    I think that while, the safety of the child is very important and should not be taken lightly, some of the parents are correct in saying that this child sould not have that big of an effect on the school. I think that she should either be remover from the school, or just have a no-peanut policy on her classrooms and lunchroom, instead of having to make the entire school suffer for this.

    March 25, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  42. Dieter

    I think they gone too far because of how EVERYONE has to do this procedure instead of friends or classmates. It must be that serious if people have to wash their hands and mouth daily after and before lunch.

    March 25, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  43. MaryKate

    No, the 6 year-old girl that's allergic to peanuts parent's shouldn't have other classmates go to such drastic measures to make sure their daughter is alright. I suggest she get homeschooled and make it easier on her and everyone else.

    March 25, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  44. Kelly

    If people were educated properly on life-threatening food allergies, I think opinions would change. Just like with any disease/disability there are ranges. A level 8 on Rast Testing means you have a life threatening allergy. You can test anywhere on the charts. Know that the higher you test the more riskier the situation. The higher you test affects the reaction time and the amount of food it would take to affect you. My son is severely allergic to both milk and peanut. He tests off the charts...beyond 100. Meaning it would take 1/1000 of a teaspoon of milk or 1/1000 of a peanut to kill him. He would need to have an epi-pen within 2 minutes of accidental ingestion to save his life. So food allergies are not always a "little problem" – that is ignorance and lack education speaking. There are people who would need a large amount of a certain food and could have up to an hour before needing an injection to save their life. This little girl seems to have an allergy like my son where major precautions need to be taken. Just take a moment and imagine if this was your child and you had to live with the fear that one crumb could kill your baby.

    March 25, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  45. Mr.Smith'sClass

    On one hand some of us agree that the term, "the world doesn't revolve around one person" should apply to this case. For many of us the idea of placing restrictions on the entire student body because of a single student's PREVENTATIVE health issue, is simply insane.

    On the other hand, the LEGAL aspect toward this debate is heavily supported by the Americans with Disabilities Act. This law guarantees every student the absolute right to get an education, regardless of their health situation.

    All of this being said, the overall census of the class is that the student body should not have to make dietary sacrifices for a single individual.

    ***NOTE***According to many students in our class, peanuts (the legume) are an incredible source of protein & energy needed to learn.

    March 25, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  46. dakota

    in my school we have kids with a peanut alegery they are eiter kicked out if it is too sevure or they jsut have to limit the places where you can eat penuts or tree nuts but over all the one kid is either he is put in soilatery confinement from the rest of the kids but those kids in Texas are being treated with no rites and barley any food is alowed in .... if you think about it if every one had a life threating algerry and that food wasn't allowed inside the school we would have no food. and school would be terible they should have a special school fo kids with life threting allgeys so it is in my opioin that those people who enforce those are either crazy of over proctive they need to lossen up and just gom nwith the flow THEY NEED to help the kids with an algery AND the kids eith none....!!!!

    March 25, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  47. Molly

    Washing hands often before and after lunch and upon entering the classroom should happen REGARDLESS of an allergy situation – it is just good hygene. Children with this type of allergy have a real fear of death each and everyday. These accomodations are NOT out of the ordinary and the child SHOULD be accomodated. I'm sure they have an epipen in the classroom, but as a parent who has had to use one – it is much better to prevent this problem to begin with. I think the parents protesting to have the girl removed from the classroom should be ashamed of themselves. I wish them good luck when someone close to them has to deal with this situation.

    March 25, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  48. max

    I think it is not fare to all to other kids. To wash their mouth and leave their lunch outside to classroom. The kids have rights to.

    March 25, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  49. Heather's 1st period class

    We all felt that the girl with the allergy should be treated equally, but do most of the work, Could she not wear a face mask to avoid the smell of peanuts in the air?

    March 25, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  50. Julia

    I think that the little girl would feel threatened as well. I can imagine that her classmates would get mad at her, even make fun of her. Every single person has a handicap, and every single person needs to learn how to deal with it, so does she. I'm not saying that it's easy, and I'm sure the parents need to help her through that, but it's not impossible.I think the idea of home schooling isn't a bad one, however it might become a financial issue. And i totally agree with Zayne's statement. What does she do whenever she's going to a restaurant? or a bakery? I'm sure they do use peanuts. Either way, whether the rules stay or not, one side will always get offended. I hope though, that they'll find a compromise that everyone agrees to!

    March 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
  51. Aaliyah

    I believe that if the child has a severe allergy to peanuts they should be cautious but not to cautious. I don't think that they should make kids wash their hands before entering the class and after leaving the class. They could shhorten it to everytime there is a restroom break instead.

    March 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  52. Benje

    I think that they are pretty reasonable, but they should have some hand sanitizer in every classroom, to make it easy to be safe.

    March 25, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  53. Hailey

    I think that rinsing their mouths out is way too dramatic. Honestly, is the one girl who has the peanut allergy going to go around smelling peoples breath? I mean, really, just because one girl has the peanut allergy doesn't mean that everyone has to react to it. If the kids in her class are reacting to the allergy then just put her in a class by herself! She doesn't need to the center of attention!

    March 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  54. Esmeralda

    i think that it is unfair because that little six year old girl. But why should other people be involved it her child and she should be responsible for her not other people.And have to wash your mouth to go in the class room that is crazy.

    March 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
  55. Emma

    I think that what the school is doing is great, but I would just ban peanuts from the school all together. If a kid had just ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich and then they go and talk to that little girl she could get really sick and potentially die. And what if a class mate of her's offers her a piece of candy and she doesn't notice that there is peanuts in it she could die. I agree 100 percent with the school and what they are doing.

    March 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  56. PCYS classroom

    I think that yes this is going to far because why have the child at school if the school has to take all these precautions.. the parents should just home school because i would say that it is very unfair to the other kids them leaving there food outside of the classroom now that is just to much for me. NOW i wont say that the school should just eat food around her that is going to cause to her to have to go to ER but at the same time i fell like what is going on is TOO MUCH KEEP HER AT HOME IF IT IS THAT SERIOUS!.

    March 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  57. Ryan

    That is asking young students to do to much. I think the students can be responsible enough. Everyone should wash their hands, but why cant you bring your lunchs into the class room if you ask me thats ridiculous. The girl can be safe just they are taking it to far.

    March 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  58. Mrs. S

    My class believes that we should think about it being our children or ourselves who have the allergy and how would we feel. How would you feel if someone wasn't careful or cared and it was your child that died?

    March 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  59. Ricardo

    i think went to far, i know people with peanut allergies and the class dosnt need to wash their hands or mouths. If its really deadly she should just be home schooled

    March 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  60. Sendy

    Well, I think that people should make a school for people who are elergic to diffrent things like in here it was peanuts!! Because it's not fair to the other students that don't have any allergies to things like that!!! I just think the government should make schools for people that have food allergies to diffrent things! I like I that their worryied about the childrens health that does have food allergies but some of the things that the kids have to do (the ones that do not have allergies!) And I know that I would not want to wash my mouth out for one child (no offence but I just feel like this is just worng!) And what if she goes to a restaunt? What would the parents do then if the restraunt would have a lot of the stuff that the little girl had troubles eating with or with have allergies to! OUTRAGOUES!! And I'm sorry but they are making such a big deal out of it! The are going OVERBOARD!!

    March 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  61. Elliott

    The rules that students have to wash their hands, and not bring lunches into the classroom are totally reasonable if it saves an innocent child's life. However, the rule that students have to rinse their mouths out after eating is pretty ridiculous.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  62. Ben

    Just because one student has a disability, doesn't mean the entire school should have to change their ways. If she has a disability that would effect the entire school, that student should have to go to a special school that does that anyway. It is not fair to any one else

    March 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  63. Conner

    it is surely a sign that those rules have gone to far when it comes to the peanut allergy and i understand by law that it qualifies as a disability but i don't think that 10 to 15 kids in her class have to wash there mouths out if the parents and the teachers really want to make sure she is ok maybe she should be home schooled or go to a school that works with kids with disabilities.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  64. Josh

    The parents are doing the right thing! That on girl is effecting the whole school and everybody in it. They should transfer her to a school that has kids like her dicablity. Washing your hands are an everyday thing, Is it everybody in the whole school that has to do that or is it just her class.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  65. sam

    I agree with the new rules.They are just protecting this girl. If people don't like them they can go to a different school. She could die if they don't do anything about it . Also most people should wash their hands and people don't bring their lunches into the classroom anyways .So really it shouldn't be to hard to do .Although having to wash their moths is going a little too far.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  66. Erik

    Certain percautions should be taken but to an extent. If they are going to be that protective of the student she should be in a separate class or home schooled. The other students shouldn't have to suffer for her. It is just like punishments in schools. Everyone is being punished for one person. School isn't for one individual it's for everyone.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  67. Kamren

    I think the rules are fine, because her life could be threatened. So they should stop protesting and just don't bring peanuts or peanut butter to school. Easy fix on there part.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  68. Laurie's class

    Ace thinks she should be home schooled until they cure her allergy problem. Some people do grow out of it. Ron can see both sides of the issue but thinks she should be at home until she can manage the problem on her own. Brett thinks her rights should be upheld and she should remain in school. He feels others should support her getting an education. Removing peanut butter is not such a big deal as taking away someones rights.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  69. Kareena

    Personally, I think the school has the right to protect the little girl from dying because of her allergy. If they allowed peanut products in the school, and the little girl died, the school would be responsible. If they want to keep the little girl alive it's their right. They dont want to be responisible for a death and by rights they can do that. If they think that it is best interest for the girls health to keep all lunches outside the classroom, have them wash their hands, and the only reason they have them wash out their mouths is because if they get close to the girl and as it was said, she's deathly allergic, even the smell could kill her. Here at my school we have a little boy in kindergarten who has the same problem but it wasnt the parents who decided the school shouldnt have peanut products, it was the school and the nurse. Even the kids that ride his bus aren't aloud to have any kind of food. I would know because I ride the bus with him. There have been multiple times when the bus driver has asked us older kids to keep an eye on the younger ones to make sure thy dont eat food around him because some foods may not have all ingredients listed on them and you can never be to careful.

    March 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  70. Stacia

    In our school, we have first hand experience with a classmate with severe food allergies. We all take necessary precautions to ensure his safety. As his classmates, we believe the small steps to keeping him healthy and allowing him to stay in our school is worth the effort. My class thinks that the protesters are setting an example of intollerance. What is so bad about helping out when it is needed?

    March 25, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  71. Haley

    I think that they have gone to far because it is just one student out of the whole school has to be protective over a peanut allergy and she might have the risk of a serious reaction but they can just apply the rules to her classroom not the school.

    March 25, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  72. jared

    i dont think that they should take it that far,
    sure they can take percautions on her allergy, but to blow it up to this extreme is uncalled for, are they going to stop serving food that have peanuts in the grocery store? or at resturants?, they shouldn't make her feel left out because of her allergy ,

    March 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  73. OCFoodAllergy

    I think this really comes down to ignorance about food allergies in some ways. We run a support group for Parents of Kids with Food Allergies and it is difficult to be completely objective until your kid lives with a life threatening food allergy.

    Imagine walking into a room filled with candy or kids eating pizza. For the parent of a kid with a food allergy...it is like seeing your kid walk into a room filled with poison. Now send your child to school every with this mindset. It is extremely difficult to deal with daily.

    We will be praying for the child and parents.

    March 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  74. Haylie

    Its perfectly fine the kids should wash their hands and leave their lunches outside the classroom. The girl has a deadly allergy and trying to force her to leave public school is wrong. Going to school enhances a child's development. It is to far to make kids wash their mouth's out though. These schools are just getting ridiculous. Just make sure that the teachers and other school officials know she has an allergy and make sure the little girl has an Epi-pen with her at all times.

    March 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  75. Gregory

    My Civics class thinks the school should not have special routines for one person. They feel that it is unfair for the majority and it is also a risk for the young girl. They are worried that since it is a controversial issue the little girl could be bullied which can lead to death.

    March 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  76. Jared

    I am on both sides I beilive it is unfair to everyone. My sister has a life threatining peanut allergy and at her school they have the class wash there hands and take precautions to keep her safe but the whole school that is not fair. They are also inforcing good health rules at her school that limit the amount of "Junk Food" they bring in which limits the amount of penuts.

    March 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  77. emma

    i think it's ok to do something to save another childs life. so what if it takes washing your hands or not bringing your food in the classroom. we all should be doing that anyways, it's not takeing anytime out of school work eather so why not do it to save the little girls life.

    March 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  78. Jacquelyn

    I think the school is going WAY too far. The kids in her class are not going to want to be her friend if they they have to wash their hands and rinse out their mouths. I think her parents should start thinking a little and have her home schooled. It is causing too much trouble for the school.

    March 25, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  79. Ryan

    I think that the school should keep the new rules and put the girl in a special class to protect her a little more.

    March 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  80. Sarah

    Of course it doesn't go to far. She could die from it. It's considered a disability. What if it was your child? Would you be protesting then? School is supposed to be a safe enviroment, and washing your hands and putting your lunch outside the classroom is not that big of a deal. Not everything is meant to have a protest.

    March 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  81. Lissa

    I believe this is ridiculous! Having other classes do all these things doesn't make any sense, if the girl has a peanut allergy that is life threatening, she should be home-schooled since that child is in danger.

    March 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  82. Alexandra

    I think the rules are not appropriate. I would not want to always leave my lunch outside the classroom. I think that the parents should just take her out of school. They go way to far.

    March 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  83. Andre

    That is fair because if one person didn't do this procedure it could be life thretening. I think we should heip others, not not help them because they have an alleregy. I think people don't understand that without doing this procedure she could die. Then I think they would understand.

    March 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  84. Victoria

    Our class had an in depth conversation on this topic. But I think this is a perfect oppertuntity to kill two birds with one stone. Teach students about the importance of good hygene while also letting this girl have a somewhat normal life. And if she did move from Florida to another school, this new school would have the same problem. So this school district just has to do all that they can and allow this girl to have as normal a life as she can. And the parents who are objecting this, what kind of example are you setting for your kids? To protest a childs right to go to school? Imagine yourself in her shoes, or her parent's shoes.

    March 25, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  85. Harrison

    I believe that if one of my friends had a life-threatening allergy, I would want as many precautions to be taken to protect them. Not only do the rules that the district has inserted have a good intention, they teach the students that it is easy and OK to change the way they may do something to help others. Some of these rules should be in place anyways, like the washing of hands. Shouldn't every kid get in the habit of preventing the spreading of germs and diseases? The mouth-washing is really more of a quick drink of water after lunch (to rinse out little bits of food), and food is almost never allowed in the classroom, in almost any school, any grade. These rules are meant for the well-being of this girl and even others. How would you feel if your child died because the school wasn't able to get kids to understand some simple and easy rules?

    March 25, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
  86. Harrison

    I don't consider this a hassle, or something that may take time out of the teaching day. On the way to and from lunch, and after the bathroom, the kids can wash their hands and get a drink. After all, this affected school is an elementary school. If kids can get in the habit of being clean, it gives the young girl time to learn how to protect herself. I have a little cousin who is also extremely allergic to peanuts, and yet for snack almost everyday, the teachers gave the class peanut-butter cookies, of peanut-butter sandwiches. This discrimination made him cry, so his young classmates shared because they didn't know any better. Now that he is a little older, he can tell the difference and is smart enough to avoid peanuts. But this girl, she will not get second chances.

    March 25, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  87. Nami (japaenes for wave)

    Okay, the school went to far this time. If one student has an allergy they shouldnt make all these other students wash there hands, rinse out there mouths or keep there lunches outside the class room. The school has gone to far this time,

    March 25, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  88. Luke

    I think that these rules are appropriate. Just like in any household, if there is a very sick person others need to take actions to make sure that the sick person will be ok and that no one else will get sick. I think parents are overreacting and should think about how this little girl and her family feels, and what might happen to her if she is kicked out. Students are willing to wash their hands, wash their mouths out, and leave their lunches outside of the classroom to help her. A little 6-year old girl shouldn't be punished for something she has no control of.

    March 25, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  89. Christa

    I think that they should let her stay. Its not her fault she has the allergy.The parents should think if she was there kid whould they want the school to kick there child out? Some kids have disabelities.So they need help or special classes and things.Same for kids with allergies like milk or grain allergies.Its not just her.Its many other kids. Its not all about HER being the problem. Its her allergies. She still deserves a good education. Its just a matter of principal.

    March 25, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  90. Brianna

    What I think is its ok to wash your hands but rinsing your mouth out that would be a different subject there based on making kids having to rinse their mouth out and washing their hands basically at the same time. Matter of fact some schools only let kids wash their hands before they go to lunch because its a healthy way of not spreading germs to others but having to eat outside of the cafeteria is alot different because not only the kids have allergys but other kids are afraid to catch the allgery because it can spread throughout the school and kids might catch it, if it was being spread by anthor kid with allergies. What I also think is how parents are complaining about kids with allergies should stay home but it doesn't matter if the child has allergies they still need their education to be ready and learning at the same time.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  91. Angie

    I say it's appropriate. The students are learning how to respect others, and to look at something from someone else's view. They are also learning tolerence with someone, or something they don't exactly like, but know it's for the sake of a fellow student. Even though it may be one student, that one student's life is precious. Even if it takes the entire school to prevent her from dying, I say its worth it. I'm pretty sure the students don't mind, and it's probably just the parents who are concerned. Yes, it may seem unfair, but encouraging kids to wash their hands is also practicing good hygiene and habits. Maybe not washing their mouths, but washing hands, and wiping down tables is perfectly acceptable? It only takes 2 minutes.

    March 25, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  92. justin

    I think that should take out penut related stuff wow my school has no penut stuff and we are surving and you all should try to save that girls live i agree with danny: "its not to much to ask,after all if its life threatening then haveing to do it is better than loseing a young girls life.but they could have their students no bring any peanut related food to school and just wash their hand befor first class"

    March 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  93. ~Emma~

    To a certain point I am in agreement with this. You should wash your hands before and after lunch in the first place. Second, you should have cubbies or whatever to put your lunch in. It should NOT be in the classroom. Also I am in disagreement with this because how many times have you heard of a peanut allergy?? About a hundred. My point is that there are hundreds of thousands of peanut allergy cases and at least half of those are in children. Meaning why treat this case special?? I know there are certain extents of allergies but this is rediculous. Have you ever heard of washing out your mouth before entering your classroom because a fellow classmate had a peanut or any other allergy?? This is rediculous.

    March 26, 2011 at 12:04 am |
  94. Jenna

    Some people are just plain inhuman. It's not like the school banded peanuts, that would be unfair. The school has to do all they can do its the law. People with a disability can get a IEP and the school has to enforce that the child is getting help. What is the worse that could happen if your kid has to wash their hands more? They won't die of soap poisoning.

    March 26, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  95. Meg

    I think that they should have those rules because it's life threating and if that were your child you would want the school to do the same thats what the angry parents need to think about and less about them-selfs.The parents of the girl and the school are just making sure the girl is safe and away from peanuts.

    March 26, 2011 at 12:16 am |
  96. Briana

    I think the school has gone to far. I also think a solution can be to designate one section for the girl with the allergy. This can benefit both sides of the argument and keep the girl safe.

    March 26, 2011 at 12:21 am |
  97. Bo

    It's hard to decide which is right. But this is a life-threatening matter, even if it's just for one child. The rest of the people need to help a little bit for her. That could happen for anybody.

    March 26, 2011 at 12:33 am |
  98. Maisy

    I think that this controversy is unfair for both six year old little girl and the children at the school. The kids, teachers and other members at the school, should take a vote on what to do about this problem so then it's fair to everyone.

    March 26, 2011 at 1:24 am |
  99. Tiffany

    I think all students have a right to an education and taking a few extra precautions is not that big of a deal....

    March 26, 2011 at 1:47 am |
  100. Amanda

    I think it is asking to much.I mean sure it is a big problem. but dose not need to be this way.You could make the the kids wash there hands .You should also make the 6 year old ware gloves .so everyone is some what happy. I mean isn't that what this country all about make things happy for everyone! I mean don't fight. WE need to end things like wars. Why don't we all work together and think about others think the people in Japan!!!

    March 26, 2011 at 1:51 am |
  101. Kawthar

    I would say that the little girl is lucky to be in that school since the school makes sure that everyone is okay there (made an inference).

    March 26, 2011 at 1:52 am |
  102. Dennis

    I find they went to far with having everyone wash there mouth after lunch.
    Them having to wash their hands and have to leave their lunches outside the classroom. It's not all that inappropriate.

    March 26, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  103. Grace

    I think this is great that they are doing this. It keeps a little girl safe and promotes cleanliness. What's so bad about washing you hands?? Parents are totally going overboard. I mean, really? Why would they put so much pressure on a little 6 year old girl? Do you know how much pain their family must be feeling right now? This could scar her for life! All I want to say to that little girl and her family is: Don't worry about those people who are wasting their time protesting! It's important that you stay safe!

    March 26, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  104. Sara

    Why would so many people build up against a little girl?
    Why would so many people be against cleanliness?
    Why would so many people protest and waste their time?


    She has a disability! Why would so many people be against it!

    March 26, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  105. rachel

    I think it's going a little overboard that kids should have to go through the procedures that they do for one kid not that I don't have feelings or anything for her but her parents should educate her to watch out for peanut related or foods with peanuts. there should be classrooms in the school for kids like her so she could still be at school, getting the same education like everyone else.

    March 26, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  106. Paul

    Only in the United States would people have a problem washing their hands and leaving their lunch outside the room to protect someone's life.

    You American's make me shake my head sometimes. Your soldiers risk their lives protecting the free world but you can't wash your hands? Really?

    Get some perspective!

    March 26, 2011 at 9:01 am |
  107. Allie

    Well, I think they've gone to far. Because, they shouldn't have to rinse their mouth, they should just wipe of their mouth with water. They can wash thier hands after lunch though! But not when they enter the classroom. Only wash your hands if you eat somthing. I'm not sure about the leaving the classroom with your luch... maybe they should have lunches that are Peanut Free foods. If they have a cold lunch, those are the people who should leave the room, because you don't know if those are Peanut Free or not.

    March 26, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  108. Kenzie

    I have been highly allergic to peanuts and any kind of nuts since i was four and i never got special attention i just knew what to get and what not to touch i think its sorta fair, but i also think its going a little too far.

    March 26, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  109. Olyvia

    That is not fair to the others! it is like they are favoring that one girl. I think they should try to help that girl to appropriate levels they went way over the TOP!

    March 26, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  110. Brianna

    I think it is appropriate because that girl could die! What if you had allergies I would want someone to go way over the top for me. But rinsing out there mouths? What would that do?

    March 26, 2011 at 9:37 am |
  111. Olyvia

    I think they should try to help this poor girl. But if they want to keep her educated they should home school her. I thinkshe will probably end up being bullied and or teased if she stays in school because others will probably be mad that she gets all of the attention.

    March 26, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  112. Lin

    It definitely went too far. Ostensibly the regulation showed the respect and care of the High School to the unfortunate girl, but the compulsory rules actually infringed on the right of other students. The school could take more optional measures to deal with this problem, like suggesting other students to care the girl voluntarily and not eating food containing peanuts around her, but not compeling them to do this, which is illegal, inappropriate and as an inevitable consequence, ineffective.

    March 26, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  113. Emma

    This girl is just a normal girl. Instead of making people wash there mouth out, why dont just have a school for people like her? Those schools didnt make them do anything for the kids with disabilities.....

    March 26, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  114. Christa

    I think the school went way to far.Some people have disibilities and need special rules in place.Its not her fault she has the disibilitie.The teachers should think if she was there child whould they want her to be kicked out?Peanut allergy or not she deserves a good education.

    March 26, 2011 at 10:12 am |
  115. Becca

    This is going too far because it is punishing other kids for one girl's allergies. i understand having to go to certain measures if she is going to go to school, but rinsing out your mouth? That is going too far because if she is only 6 years old, she wont be kissing anyone anyway!

    March 26, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  116. Kelli

    I think the parents are being ridiculous. What's the big deal about washing your hands and leaving your lunch outside? Washing your mouth is a little unnessecary but otherwise all the rules do is keep the little girl safe and it actually improves the other kids' hygiene! Suck it up parents...

    March 26, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  117. tyler

    its ok to have people wash thier hands and leave thier lunch in a different room but washing your mouth that's to far but you still need to do the other things just think if it was your child you would want the best for her

    March 26, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  118. bob

    Do they have to make it like japan's nuclear problems? It's not that bad!

    March 26, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  119. Jesse

    I think this is right I mean geez this is serious health issues. Parents are being selfish for a little GIRL!!!!!! Who can have major probelms. I agree with Miami. Plus way too much stress and this could effect her childhood memiories.

    March 26, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  120. marcy

    if she has that severe of a condition she needs to be home schooled for her best interest

    March 26, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  121. Caroline

    You cannot blame her for wanting to be a regular kid and go to a regular school. But she is not and she needs to realize that she is not only making the school suffer but she is also risking her life.

    March 26, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  122. Brady

    I think its okay for them to wash their hands,but leaving their lunches outside and washing their mouths out that's not right especially washing their mouths out. I see what the school is doing to protect people from peanut allergies , but they don't have to make them do that.

    March 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  123. August

    I think that it is totally appropriate and it is a life and death situation and if those parents think different they should put them selves in the place of a parent with a child who has deathly allergies!

    March 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  124. Joshua

    It is obviously okay for Florida to create these rules. There are many other foods than peanuts out there that students can eat and these rules are just protecting the little girl from possible death. No one deserves to die and with peanut allergies, even a hint of peanut in the air can kill one with the allergies. And the parents need to calm down because if it was their child, they would want the same thing done to protect their child. If anything, it's making the school a little more sanitary. To just rap things up, I think that the school is doing a wonderful thing and is standing up for the little girl.

    March 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  125. Flora

    This is not fair. I think every student in a school should get a fair, besides there is a little responsibility for the school too. the parents trust the school and leave their children to study there.

    March 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
  126. Patty

    Food allergies follow under the Americans with Disabilities Act. You would not treat a blind or a wheelchair bound person like this. People should become educated on the severity of this allergy. If you saw a child in anaphylaxisis, you would never wish that on anyone. I know. I have a child with this severe allergy. This is a child's life we're talking about. The best thing that everyone can do is to become educated: the school, the parents, the students. In my area, the schools and parents were wonderful. We received a lot of support. It's ashame that these parents cannot do the same. A little compassion and kindness would go a long way.

    March 26, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  127. Nili

    I honestly think what this school in Florida is doing is quite amazing. A school that will go to that many measures for one student, I find outstanding. The parents that dislike this rule need to think if that child was theirs and had a life threatening allergy, would they want these rules in place? How would I feel if people are against this, and want my child out? These new rules aren't affecting the other children's lives, if anything it is helping them. Now they wash their hands more frequently. Yes, it may be unfair in some ways, but you can't always be selfish about everything.

    March 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  128. Gloria

    i personally think that this school in florida is going way to far. i mean sure they are helping the girl but there are people at my school who are allergic to stuff and you don't see my lunch outside the classroom or washing my hands before i enter the classroom or rinsing out my mouth after i eat i mean it is not that serious parents these days are going way overboard why do other people have to be responsible for a child's health issue when the child isn't even theirs?

    March 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  129. Steph

    This is crazy. Unless she couldn't breath in peanut fumes, these rules shouldn't be in place. Anyway, how do you "acidentaly" eat something. Her classroom could leave their lunches outside but the other class rooms wouldn't necessarily need to. They should have a staff member on call that knows what to do for peanut allergeys. Also they shouldn't make a big deal of it, if she wants to be like a regular kid she should be treated like one. She shouldn't be treated like an alien.

    March 26, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  130. Peter

    i think that it is appropriatemy cousin has a severe peanut allergy and i think they should do that at more schools.

    March 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  131. Adi

    As a parent with a child of peanut allergy i would like to express my support to the student's parents who are experiencing the shameful acts of parents who can't honestly say they know how it feels to have a child with peanut allergy.

    This child is entitled to FAPE!!! I do not think the safety guards implemented on behalf of the student were not violating anyones Constitutional rights. Pray your family members don't experience anything in their life which will cause people to react in the uncaring way the protestors are currently displaying. How can the school allow this to go on????

    March 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  132. Zackson

    The other students shouldn't have to follow a bunch of new rules just because this girl has allergies. I mean washing their mouths out? That's way too far! She should be careful around peanuts, but not to the point that other kids have to constantly wash their hands. Also, think about how the allergic girl must be feeling, all these new rules are because of her; they're giving her so much attention – that must be embarrassing.

    March 26, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  133. Maddie

    I think that the school should just banned peanuts all together. If this little girl has a disability people should respect that. No one should get left out and I don't know why parents are protesting against washing their hands. If their little girl had this reaction they would want people to help not go against.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  134. Katie

    If there is only one six year-old girl who has an extremely life-threatening peanut allergy out of the hundreds of students that go to the same school, than why should they make the other students suffer as well?

    March 26, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  135. Alex

    Parents are always telling kids to treat others the way you want to be treated, so why don't the parents treat the 6-year-old the way they would want to be treated if they were her.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  136. Brittany

    I think that the schools are doing a good job and the parents of other children are over-reacting. If it was you wouldn't you just want to be a regular kid. It's already hard enough for this kid and now they are being hated be parents? Home schooling might be a better option, but it's good for every kid to get to interact and hang-out with other kids. You would think that the parents of other children would be more understanding. It's not like she chose to have a severe allergy. I bet she gets embarrassed and tired of always being the center of attention. Maybe the schools are over-reacting just a little bit, but they don't want an innocent child to die because of them.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  137. Brittany

    If the parents of other kids do not like, then why don't all of them home school.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  138. Clifford

    I'm truthfully sorry for the girl with the peanut alergy , and honestly thinck the school is doing the right thing for the girl. But why would they make the students have to rinse there mouths. That's kind of akward. But I still agree with the school because the childrens safety is also in their hands.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  139. Josh

    While some of these precautions may be going a bit too far, precaustions are important for this situation. The school can't just not let the girl come to school because of her allergy and they can't just do nothing. They need to find a medium between Fairness to other students and the precautions for the health of that girl.

    March 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  140. Katie

    I think what the school is doing is okay. It wouldn't be fair to kick the girl out of school because of her allergy, and if you disagree with this think about if it were your child, and they had the same problem. Would you agree with removing your child from the school they have a right to go to just beacuse they have a peanut allergy.

    March 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  141. jacob

    that is way too far. If i had a life threatning peanut allergie i wouldn't want them to go through all that then most of my friends might not wnt to be near me.

    March 26, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  142. Mandeep

    I think that it is only fair that those rules are applied because this 6-year-old girl can DIE for goodness sakes! Then they will be part of the reason she died. I know some kids and parents think it is unfair but what if the parents who protested had kids with such a severe allergy, then wouldn't they want there child to be safe? Just because it isn't there child doesn't mean they have to protest against the poor 6-year-old girl. They are probably making the parents feel bad and mad too. These parents need to realize that just because it isn't their child they have to be mean to the kid!

    March 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
  143. Shannon

    The children are not asked to eat their lunches outside the classroom, only store their lunchboxes out of the room. All lunchboxes from this little girl's class are kept in the cafeteria. The allergic child does not enter the cafeteria, allowing all other students the freedom to eat any foods of their choice. The parents have not aske for peanuts to be banned as some have implied. There is no big production of rinsing their mouths, it's a simple drink of water. So many of the rules in place have been blown out of proportion, and for the most part by people whose children are not even in this classroom. This child deserves to be safe at school, the regulations being cast upon her classmates should be seen as compassion, not as an inconvenience.

    March 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  144. Cathy

    It will not hurt for kids to wash their hands and wash their mouth out. These parents need to take it as their child having a peanut allergy. They would want to keep their child safe.

    March 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm |
  145. amber

    i belive that the shool is right because the parent and school are putting this student in danger. schools are supose to keep students safe to

    March 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  146. Miles

    I Think that the school was doing the right thing by putting guidelines in place. Without doing so, the girl may have been exposed, and this could lead to many lawsuits and angry parents of her peers.

    March 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  147. Autumn

    a little girl has a peanut allergy so what millions of people do. what are they going to do next put her in a bubble. all she needs to do is stay away from peanuts not make everyone else worrie about her problum. the school went to far. it would help her more if they teach children about her condiction.

    March 26, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  148. Audrey

    This is going a little too far. It's ok to have rules for protecting this little girl, but rinsing the kids mouths? Washing your hands and keeping your lunch outside is alright, there are just some rules that might need to be changed.

    March 26, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  149. August

    I think that those parents are being very selfish and if they don't think a life threatening allergy is enough for the school to take extra precautions then what does?

    March 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  150. xander

    That rule is totally out of line. If that girl's allergies are actually deadly, she should go to a peanut-free school, not traumatize their classmates.

    March 26, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  151. Emma

    ~I am in agreement to a certain extent. I am in disagreement because how many peanut allergy cases have you personally heard of in your life? About a hundred!!! Why this case?? I know there are certain severities of allergies but this is outrageous!!!!!!! Washing your mouth out? ... I have never heard of this before.~

    March 26, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  152. Veronica

    I think it is totally fine, I don't know why people are mad, they are trying to protect her. That is what schools should do. There is nothing wrong with what they are doing.

    March 26, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
  153. Milly

    I see the need for these rules, the school doesn't want to be responsible for a death, but rinsing mouths is not very appropriate.

    March 27, 2011 at 12:50 am |
  154. James

    I think that the school has gone a little too far. it's okay to have the students wash their hands which they should be doing. the student with the allergy should be able to bring her own lunch and should sit with an adult so the other students can't share their food with her. There is no need for the students to have to rinse their mouths.

    March 27, 2011 at 3:17 am |
  155. laina

    So, if the school ignores that student, that is called, ignoring the minority.
    We always learn a society should care about everyone.
    We can't just ignore that student just because she is the only one that have a problem. If everything goes on like that, people with a different opinions, views and longings would always be left out.
    This is like saying 'only the strong ones can survive, weak ones, too bad'

    March 27, 2011 at 6:41 am |
  156. Sarah

    Okay here is the deal. One kid in that school has life threatining penut allergy, but they are treating it like all of the kids have that allergy. Some of these kids would rather leave the school then abide to the rules, so why not listen to what they think too?

    March 27, 2011 at 8:32 am |
  157. bryan

    they have gone way to far because other children might be allargic to other stuff like milk, and the school is only caring about a girl instead of the whole school.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  158. Misty

    I think this is fair because you wouldn't want the student with the peanut allergy to die. The kids that really want peanut butter, it doesn't hurt to wash your mouth out because peanut butter is very dry anyway.

    March 27, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  159. sam

    I think that if they make such a big deal about allergies .If someone were to have an allergy to grass do they have to pull up all the grass on school grounds or will they have no outdoor activities? At the store does she have to be in a radiation suit .I DON'T THINK SO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    If she is suck a big deal why is not in a private school for allergies .If she is a big deal why isn't this taken up by the supreme court . This is against the constitution of the "Pursuit of happiness". This is Sam saying good bye.

    March 27, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  160. Jasmine

    They are going way too far! Yes, I believe that they should wash their hands, but not rinse out their mouths! Why don't they ban peanut butter from schools instead??

    March 27, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  161. Dasol

    I think the school is good at caring for individual students. Students can help the girl with a little inconvenience, which doesn't have any harmful effects on them. I can't find any fault in this measure. Parents shouldn't be so selfish.

    March 27, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  162. Jasmine

    This is CRAZY! People are going crazy over peanut allergies?? Well I think that they should ban peanut butter from schools because of this horrible heath condition. But it isn't bad enough for everyone who ate peanut butter to rinse their mouths out! NO way!

    March 27, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  163. Colin

    The protests of those parents are unbelievably petty. I can't believe they refuse to "suffer" the minor inconveniences mentioned, even though it will protect the welfare of a young girl. Not to mention kicking out that girl will be extremely detrimental to her education and social development, because she will be treated as weird by her former classmates.

    March 27, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  164. Sarah

    It is incredible that the school is willing to do something like this for the girl. I do not think that students being required to wash their hands before entering the classroom is unreasonable, and it also does not take away much time from the other students learning. The other parents who are protesting may not realize how serious the girls allergies are, and I think they need to put themselves in the girl's parents' shoes. If their child had a life threatening allergy, they would probably expect their child to have the same treatment and the ability to stay at their current school.

    March 27, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  165. hailey

    i think that the person who has the allergy to peanuts should bring his or her own lunch.

    March 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
  166. Emily

    If her allergy is THAT bad, home school her!
    It would be terrible if something bad happened to her!

    March 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  167. Nora

    I think that there should be rules in place to protect this child, but these go to far. They should wash their hands, but having the kids wash out their mouths is unnecessary. Why not juet jave a peanut-free cafeteria table?

    March 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  168. Isaiah

    I think they should kill peanut foods and what i mean by kill is have people not eat them.

    March 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  169. casady

    I dont think there should be a problem with leaving lunches in the classrooms and washing there hands,but washing their mouth out goes alittle to far.

    March 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  170. Noah

    I believe that this is taking the peanut allergy to far, because in the article it talks about how students have to go through this whole procedure for students to just eat lunch."To protect her, the school put these rules in place: The other students must leave their lunches outside the classroom, wash their hands before they enter the classroom and after they eat lunch, and at one point, they had to rinse out their mouths." In addition, I believe that if they are going to enforce this rule, they have to deal with many other allergies such as; gluten, dust, pet fur, and I could go for a long time. Therefore, in conclusion I believe that they are going way to far.

    March 27, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  171. Jordi

    I think that is not fair that the pearents are doing all of those rallys. She did't want born like that, did she? Would you really want to hurt
    a child's feelings just becaiuse the school wants to keep her from
    dying? I would NEVER do that to one of my fellow classmates, because everyone should be treated equally!!

    March 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  172. Kassidy

    I think that the parents are making a fuss for nothing. What if your child was the one with the peanut allergie, what if you were the one with the peanut allergie? How would you feel about all of this? Honestly, if i were in a class with this girl, I would have absloutley no problem doing whatever it takes to keep her alive. think about this what would be worse watching a friend's face swell up and throat close up or washing your hands and mouth?

    March 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  173. Mary

    The mouth rinsing is going way too far. If this child is so allergic to peanuts she should be attending a special school or just be home schooled. She does have a right to an education but when the students around her have to give up their own rights she should find a different way to get her education. This option is best for her and her classmates.

    March 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  174. Hannah

    I think yes the school should try and protect her from losing her life at such an early age, yet it goes to far when it affects other people. We learned in my social studies class that your own rights end when it affects other peoples rights. This is basecly an example of that. Yes, they should try and protect her and yes, she doesn't have to eat peanuts but a big NO to making the classmates RINSE OUT THEIR MOUTHS

    March 27, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  175. Elissa

    I do think they're going a little over board. They shouldn't enforce the rule throughout the whole school, maybe just the girl's classroom or section of classrooms that surround hers. Allergies can be a very serious thing and I think it's very considerate of the school to take precautions for her but the WHOLE school shouldn't be affected. Sometimes if a school policy about allergies goes too far, it could possibly lead to bullying. And we all know bullying isn't good!

    March 27, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
  176. Maya

    My friend is allergic to everything, milk, peanuts, treenuts, fish, etc. One day a little milk spilled on her hand by accident and she got hives and her throat started closing up. She also gets anaphylactic shock from peanuts. Since then, a section of our class's lunch table has been deemed "allergy free" so none of her allergens are allowed there. Also, if kids have something she is allergic to for lunch and want to sit by her, they have to eat it and then wipe their hands and face with a Wet One wipe and THEN sit by her. Every kid in my class has to wipe their hands and face with a Wet One after lunch. Sometimes if we run out of wipes we wash our hands. Since then she has not had any allergic reactions. Schools should have a simple reaction like this to food allergies like the school the six-year-old girl goes to. But, washing your mouth out! What will that do? And parents want to kick a kid out because their kid has to wash their hands! "Lunchboxes have to be placed outside the classroom." What is wrong with this unless you eat inside your classroom? This school did the right thing to help a little girl (except for the rinsing out your mouth part). What is everyone complaining about?

    March 27, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  177. Paul

    One persons misfortune should not have to be experienced by the rest of the class. It is unfortunate that the girl has an allergy, however she could be exposed to peanuts anywhere-not just at school. If the entire world is not going to be made to wash their hands before entering a room, the students at this school should not have to either. Other precautions should be taken for the student with the allergy that do not affect all the students in the class.

    March 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  178. Andrea

    I don't think it is too much to ask students to take these precautions, especially in a matter of life or death. What's important is that she feels safe going to school and her classmates should be happy to help with that.

    March 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  179. Grace

    First of all who cares if a student cannot bring their lunch in to the classroom? No one ever said that peanuts were not allowed in the school, the school is just taking precautions so they are not liable if anything happens to the girl. Second of all, it is ridiculous that one of their arguments is that the students must wash their hands before returning to class, they should probably do that regardless of a classmate having allergies or not, and finally, how would you feel if that were your child? Really? Come on, set a good example for your children, protesting this issue is ridiculous!

    March 27, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  180. Billy

    Both sides of the argument have good points. While the girl's health should be the main concern, all of the precautions could be taking away class time from the other students.

    March 28, 2011 at 9:42 am |
  181. mara

    I think that the girl should be home schooled because she is making everyone in her school suffer for her problem. Yes, it does show compassion if the school does follow the rules, but I don't think that many kids will want to follow the rules. I think the school should take a vote to see if the girl should be home schooled or not.

    March 28, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  182. Harley

    I think that the parents who are having such an issue with the rules being changed at the school should stop protesting. While the new rules are a little extreme, they are preventing a serious allergic reaction. If it was another parent's child they would want the same thing done for their child. I think the parents are being selfish and need to think about other people other then their own children. Maybe there is a common ground that all the parents can agree on so the child in the allergies can be safe while at the same time it won't affect the other children in the class as much.

    March 28, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  183. Jennifer, a parent and teacher in Michigan

    Does this community really think this is a new issue? My son's school banned peanuts items containing peanuts about nine years ago. The Americans with Disabilities Act, along with a social responsibility as adults to look out for everyone's children, makes it necessary to accommodate this young child. In middle school and high school, it's a different story. By that age, she should be able to advocate for herself.

    March 28, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  184. andrea

    I think they can do the necessary precautions without going overboard. The thing that really gets me is what would the protesting parents want for their child with a deathly allergy, but still want to allow her to have as close to normal life as possible? I think that if everyone thought about it and put themselves in that family's shoes they would all expect and hope that the school would make their environment able to help fit their child's personal needs as much as they can. Then again I am not saying that they need to make the kids walk around in a sterile environment, just be cautious. Rather than thinking about the little inconvenience this could cause think about how this could help a little girl live a life that all people are entitled to.

    March 28, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  185. Matt

    The rules go to far. And I would hate to be publicized because of an allergy. Being deathly allergic, the girl should know what to do. Also, there's a reason my school doesn't typically allow us to eat food in classrooms. Our cafeteria has a designated AREA for the nut-allergy. Basically, if you don't have peanut butter or whatnot, you're fine to sit their.

    March 28, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  186. Aaron

    i think that is kind of a little too far because there is one person who changes the whole school. They should just tell her to bring her own lunch and or sit in like a classroom away from everybody else so she doesn't have a reaction. Thats pretty much it.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  187. Olivia

    I think that it shouldn't be a big deal if kids have to keep their lunch outside of a class room, and wash their hands. (you should wash your hands at anyway) having to rinse your mouth out though is a bit overboard. i can see having a few rules to help protect your child, but rinseing your mouth out, i wouldn't want to do it.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  188. Brett

    I think this rules are really stupid. They just made rules just to protect this one girl who has an allergy to peanuts. It would just be really weird to wash your mouth before class and wash your hands before every class and you cant bring your lunch in or anything

    March 28, 2011 at 10:22 am |
  189. curtis

    i think that she should have a different class with nobody in it so it would not be a issue?

    March 28, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  190. Molly

    It's unfortunate that the people in this girl's community are even protesting the issue. She deserves to feel confident in her safety in school, and her classmates should show compassion. What if it was your daughter or son that was allergic? Would you home school him for the sake of the other children? Absolutely not, this is about the little girl, not who it 'inconveniences' its time for parents to stop complaining, and just be grateful it's not their child.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  191. Nikki

    It's not only that one girl, if there was another student that had a bad allergic reaction to someone then they'd do the same for them. The things the school has listed for the other students to do are normal things. Everyone needs to wash there hands, and I don't think placing lunches outside the classroom is a big deal. If it was someone else daughter or son, they'd expect the same thing to be done too.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
  192. Elizabeth

    It is not harmful for children to wash their hands after eating, in fact, it is healthier not to spread germs that way. If a classroom carried hand sanitizer, it would become more convenient for all students and teachers, including the child with the allergy.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
  193. Kyle

    I think that the school is doing a good job protecting this girl. Its not to much to ask kids to wash their hands before entering the room, and it doesn't take time away from the kids class time. The parents protesting should realize that if their kid had it they would want the school to do the same thing for their child.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  194. EMILY

    Imagine how the kid must feel.She must feel responsible foer her classmates hardships.W3hat sh should do is have a special lunch made for her.Or pack her lunch.That way everyone is happy.

    March 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  195. Natalie

    I think the school is doing a good job. That girl needs to be protected. I sure wouldn't want a classmate of mine to have that happen just because I ate some peanut butter and got it on my hands and did not wash them afterward. That school should do what they are doing. The parents who are protesting should stop.

    March 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  196. Lydia

    I think it is right to be aware of the allergy but really, make them wash their mouths out. I think they went a little to far. Have the girl sit in a classroom for lunch.
    But the fact is, it's NOT the little girls fault. I hope that no one is mad at her, it's not like she wanted to have this allergy!!!!

    March 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  197. Tootie

    My dad has life-threatening peanut allergies. The child should feel comfortable at school no matter what the circumstance is. Rinsing out their mouth is one thing, but I think that it is ok for them to at least wash their hands. In order for the child to have a good academic school year, she must have good friends that can repect her condition and others not have to complain about it. Think if it were you.

    March 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  198. Tamieka

    I think the people who are complaining about the rules are not thinking about the student . Now at least the school knows that she has an allergy , I think its good to have friends that know you have an allergy because they can help you out by watching your back. Because what if you were in her shoes and you didn't feel safe at school because you have a life threatning allergy. People need to understand how important it is and need to be more aware of allergies because they are increasing more and more.

    March 28, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  199. Julia

    I think the school is not going overboard. How hard is it to wash your hands or to rinse your mouth out. Not too hard. Why can't she have a peanut free table or have her eat her lunch some where else. Also why should she be home schooled. If her parents work who would teach her. The girl is only 6. Would you do the same thing to keep your best friend going to school with you. I would. Also they call it a disability. It is not the girl's fault she has that bad of an allergy. I bet if she could do something about it she would. She shouldn't feel embarrassed because parents are saying she should be home schooled. Also she could carry around her epi-pen. Many kids have peanut allergies that are just as bad. She should not feel like she is the only one.

    March 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  200. justin

    they are going way too far. making students wash ot their mouth is ridiculous. i have allergies but other kids dont have to wash out their mouthes. just put the girl on the other side of the classromm.

    March 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  201. Steve

    This is going to follow this girl her entire life. Granted it is a good thing that people would take care to avoid any issues for the child but think about how it will effect her the rest of her life making this such a huge issue for the rest of the school. It would be much easier for her to be home schooled if the parents are so worried aobut it that the day to day opperations of an entire school have to change due to their daughters allergies. My parents didnt have trees removed from the premisis of my school just because I was allergic to the pollens!

    March 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  202. todd

    is it really such a problem for the kids in the class have to wash their hands twice a day? maybe they will remember to do that when they move on to the next grade.

    March 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  203. Annie

    I definitely think the parents are being ridiculous. This girl is just a normal person. She wants to be treated exactly like everyone else. she didn't choose to have the peanut allergy! they can take 5 minutes out of their day to wash their mouths and put their lunches outside if it saves someones life.

    March 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  204. Mike

    I thought United States was suppose to be a democratic society

    It is horrible the school district would stoop to the level of allowing the parents of the child show the her classmates what tyranny is all about.
    People fought in wars to prevent this.

    That kid should be home schooled.

    March 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  205. Danielle

    I think that the school should do these rules if there is in fact no other option of keeping the girl away from peanuts, but why do it when she could just be HOME SCHOOLED?!?! People could be doing other things like going to llama farms instead of having to complain. Home schooling, I think is the strongest choice. 🙂

    March 28, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  206. Serena

    I believe that people should have the right to have their average peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but also the person with the allergy should have the right to not be killed by someones peanut butter and jelly sandwich. So I would have the little girl be home schooled but be around her loving and caring friends. 😀

    March 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
  207. Ashli

    Coming from a person who deals with this issue I think this child has every right to go to public school but you can only do so much to protect them from the outside world, some rules should be mandatory just for hygiene issues. As a Florida student people know what i go through and since i told them about my condition I get treated different everyday with people reactions and gossip.

    March 28, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  208. Christian

    I myself am highly allergic to eggs and my best friend is allergic to nuts. The best way to solve the problem is just have them sit by people who are aware of this allergy (their friends), keep their Epi-Pen (injection that buys the time in anaphylactic shock), with their teacher or school nurse, and have table washers wipe down tables, (not only is it good for allergy prevention it is also good for keeping students healthy). There also are substitutes for peanuts as there are for eggs. Applesauce is a cooking substitute, and my friend says there are some substitutes for peanuts also. We don’t see it as a disability just a fact of life! Sadly food allergies are starting to be treated like a disability.

    March 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
  209. Essence

    I think the school should ask the girl what they should do because it's her allergy that started all of this and she may feel like people dont have to walk on eggshells around her and she can take care of herself

    March 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  210. amanda

    This is going a bit too extreme. Yes the parent of this child wants to make sure their kid is safe from their allergies at school, but for everyone at your school to follow certain rules just for one kid?? I would feel bad for the kid for going through all this... its embarrassing to have all the attention based on you. These parents are way too over protective.

    March 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  211. Emma

    Isaiah, are you crazy?? Just because of this one girl punish the ENTIRE school?? Is that what you mean?? I agree that they should wash their hands. Shouldn't everyone have to in school?? But washing your mouth out? That is crazy. There are SO MANY peanut allergy cases, and I have NEVER heard about the people at the school making them wash their mouths out!!

    March 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  212. Mr. Kuhn's US History Class

    We think it's a good thing to teach the class about others needs above their own. It will show the students that it's not all about themselves when confronted with an issue like this. All in all it is the girl, and her parents decison on going to a public school. On behalf of Mr. Kuhn's US History Class we think it is only right to go the extra step.

    March 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  213. Emma

    So many foods and for example, some products have peanuts in them!! Bub-bye.

    March 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  214. Estebanwest

    I really feel bad for that little girl, it's not her fault her allergies are causing all this problems to the school. By the way of course i say yes to that new law, what if that girl was your child? Think about her family people come on!

    March 28, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
  215. Monica

    I think it's unfair to cause a hassle for all the other kids. I don't think they should take her out of school but they shouldn't be giving all these strict rules. It makes a lot more work for everyone else who didn't do anything. At the same time I don't think parents should be making it this big of a deal. I mean would they want people protesting if this was their child. I don't think so.

    March 29, 2011 at 7:44 am |
  216. Conner

    that girls "Disabilities" should not effect everyone

    March 29, 2011 at 8:40 am |
  217. justin

    Why are parents being so ridicules the parents said that the half to wash their mouth but i can understand the hands but not the mouth "Man Parents Are being Ridicules These Day's " well we can only hope that the mouth washing thing goes cause their is no reason for that and tats what brushing your teeth are for.

    March 29, 2011 at 9:03 am |
  218. Jacob

    Here's the deal, its not like these rules are extreme by any means. All the other kids have to do is leave their lunches outside the classroom and wash their hands! Rinsing their mouths out is good for them anyway, and even if it is a little extreme they got rid of that rule. The fact is every child has a right to a public education, whether they have a peanut allergy or not. I think the fact that some of the people on this blog want to kick her out of school is extremely offensive and heartless. If other children were required to, say, stop eating all peanut foods you might have an argument. But all they have to do is wash their hands! Get over it!

    March 29, 2011 at 9:42 am |
  219. Sarah

    I think that this is a little too far for just one person, but it is true that every one has the right to an education. I just don't think that they need to go as far as children needing to wash out their mouths for one person that they might not even see all day.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:15 am |
  220. Ahmed

    There should be a separate table without peanuts.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:18 am |
  221. Nick

    I think that it is appropriate because it is life threatening. What would the school do if she were to die while at school because of some kid eating a peanut. Sure maybe they are going a little overboard with the rinsing their mouth out, but hey, I guess it makes the school more sanitary.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  222. Maddy

    theyre blowing this way out of proportion, how would they feel if she died cuz of their kid? sounds questionable. its really not that big of a deal.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  223. Natalia

    This is ridiculous! Why make everyone suffer when only one person has the problem? Wouldn't it just be a smarter idea to ban peanuts? Or if the mother has a problem with her child's peanut allergy, just transfer school! There has to be one school at least somewhere in Florida that respects someones disability. But all of these new peanut rules are going a little too far.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  224. Maie

    So it might seem too strict, but if you really think about it, THIS GIRL CAN DIE! isn't that a big enough reason to follow those rules? Sure it is a bit of a sacrifice but her life is depending on it... what else can you do? You cant kick her out of the school, she'll have to transfer to another one, and she just cant stop learning!! Some people really have to stop being selfish and make small sacrifices to save someones life.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  225. Jaden

    I think it's actually a good idea to have these laws. I mean, she's six and has kinda like a life threatening disease on her shoulders. So what if you have to do a little more to protect a life?? I also think it's selfish to have parents protesting because their kids have to take a little more extra sanitary precautions to save a life. Really? Is that what our parents want to teach us? To be selfish? To kill a poor innocent little girl? Just because some angry parent doesn't want to have their kid wash out their mouth so a girl can live.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:24 am |
  226. Jamas

    I don't think the whole class should have to wash their mouths out, wash their hands, and leave their lunches outside because of one student. It's called a puiblic school, and the whole school shouldn't have to regulate what students have to do because of one student.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  227. JoAnn

    I think that it is a good idea because some people don't have the money or want to spend the money to pay for a membership to the gym. it is fair to the people who want to actually lose their weight but it may be a bad idea for people who dont need to lose wait or bad kids who want to vandalize property. They could damage the property and then it wouldn't be fair.

    March 29, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  228. JoJo

    I think that the kid with the allergy be sent somewhere else. She should learn not to eat any food that isn't given to them by a parent or someone that the parents say she can trust. It is not fair to the students that would like to bring peanut butter crackers or sandwiches to scholl. It isn't even fair to the parents who on a day that they are rushing can't make a quick and easy sandwhich but have to stop and risk being late for something that is important to make their kid something else because it is a school rule that you cannot have anything with peanuts, peanuts butter, peanut oil, etc.

    March 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  229. Chrystine

    I think they went too Far we were talking about it in current events when we watched it i mean really >.<. U are putting a whole school though.........torture because one 1 student. the child should go home and stay at home and make the school go back to normal. And if the child wants u can have online class for them so they can be in class and be there while being at home and safe. That way the child does not mess school or there friends but yet the school is again a save place to eat peanut butter =D

    March 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  230. Amethyst

    This school has gone to far. Due to an allergic reaction she needs to come in contact with peanuts. All the school needs to do is inform the children of other children being allergic to peanuts. At my old school there was a smaller lunch table that was labled peanut free zone, that lunch table was disinfected every lunch period and children could sit there after getting the okay from a teacher. This school went to far because they are trying to hard, sure safety of the children is a big deal but im sure that child is not the only child that is allergic to something in that area life threatening.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  231. Anna

    I think that they are going too far. The girl needs to be homeschooled because she is effecting other people.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  232. riley

    I think that it should be up to the parents to decide wether their daughter stays in school or not, becasue if the parents dont care if their daughter is surrounded by children that have peanuts on their breath or on their hands or anywhere. But the only the other kids shouldnt really have to do is rinse their mouth out bevcause the girl and the other kids arnt going to be close enough to getthe peanut sustance into their mouth!!

    March 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  233. Annie

    The poor girl with the peanut allergy must be suffering because of people not wanting her to be at school because of something she can't help. If people are angry because they are having to do extra things to keep a girl living, this must be a very selfish community. I think it is right to keep her in school because she has the right to be there and learn.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  234. Ella

    I think that having to enforce all these rules for one persons' peanut allergies is stupid. If there were many people like this I would understand why they would do it , but for ONE PESON?? I mean come on. Just tell the kids not to bring it and if they do give them detention or somthing. That is going way to overboard even if it's life-threatening.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  235. Jenny

    I think if the allergy is life threatening then they she home school her. i think its not really fair to band anything that has peanut in it. It is also dumb to make her go to school when something bad could happen.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  236. Katy

    Rinsing you mouth out?!?!? That is going way too far! Unless it will kill her just to be around peanuts then I think all these rules are pretty ridiculous!!! It's only 1 student! Come on! She needs to be homeschooled because this is causing a big hassle for the school.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  237. KehLee

    I would probably say that she should be homeschooled because i'm pretty sure a lot of school lunches contain peanuts or peanut material and if her allergy is SUPER DUPER bad than yes she should be homeschooled. I am sure her parents would pack her lunches for her but ya know if she even gets near people that have ate or touched peanuts there could be a seriouse consequence.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  238. Lily

    I think this allergy is getting crazy. If her allergy is that bad I think she should either be homeschooled or try to avoid peanuts as much as possible. If it got to the point rinse out there mouths I think that it is crazy because it is only 1 student it’s not like there are a lot of kids that go to her school with the same allergy. I also think that if they wash there hands that’s fine but the other rules are a bit far.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  239. Kylee

    Personally, I think that the rule goes too far. What happened to America being a free country? The many students of that school have to suffer all for one student. Home school is still an option, you know? I say that the girl gets homeschooled for the greater good.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  240. wynnton

    i think the penut allergy thing is good for the kid but the school is acting like everyone has a penut allergy.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  241. Chuck

    I think its ridiculouse. people shounldnt he resosible for other people health problems. if your worried something will happen while they are at school, have them carry an epi-pen, or let thier teacher know about thier problem. Its thier health problem. not yours.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  242. Sarah

    I think it is appropriate because if the girl i HIGHLY allergic then the school needs to take precautions. Kids and parents might think it's stupid or maybe the girl needs to be home schooled but maybe the parents can't home school and they don't think its stupid. Ya, kids might not like haveing to wash their hands all day but hey, I think it is a little over board.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  243. Candy

    I know that a lot of people have allergies, but there is no need to go throw a lot procedure just because this one person has the allergies.
    If she does not have to do it then the other people don’t have to do it. I think that she has to take care of herself and her mom as well and make sure that she doesn't make the mistake of eating peanuts...because if she does that is her fault so she can't blame anyone else!!

    March 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  244. Kelly

    I strongly believe that all students should leave their lunches out of the classroom. If the students have lunches inside the classroom and they have any peanuts of any kind in it and ate a few of it and gave it to someone who is allergic to any types of peanuts, they person who ate it would be in a life threatening situation. But the students at the school should rinse their mouths. I don't get the point of the students to rinse their mouths. I only strongly believe that the students should wash their hands, and leave their lunches out of the classroom, because I have a severe peanut allergy with any types of peanuts also. So they safety of people with a severe allergy with peanut should be treated very careful, and if someone you knows has peanut don't give it to people who have an allergy for it, also the student that is allergic to peanuts should ask before they eat the food their friends or anyone gives them if they don't know what it means!

    March 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  245. Rebbecca

    I think that if her allergies are that bad then she should just be home schooled or eat in the classroom with some of friends or teachers as long as they don't have any peanuts. Something bad about being home schooled though is that it might hurt her social skills and education. I also think that washing their hand is ok but having top wash their mouths is just not necessary.

    March 29, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  246. Cordell

    I think that it goes both ways. It's is not fair that the other kids have to do tasks they shouldn't have to do. Although it is not fair that someone with allergies has to possibly die being in a place with peanuts.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  247. Drew

    I think the girl should not fight with the school to stay.she has a risk of dieing everyday. She can just be homed schooled.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  248. Lindsey

    I think that they are doing the right thing. The kids need to wash their hands no matter what. The girl can't help that she has peaunt allergies so don't punish her anymore, she doesn't deserve it. She deserves a safe envorinment at school.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  249. Brooke

    Personally i think that the school is just trying to protect this little girl. And the people who are saying that this is excessive or not worth it are somewhat selfish because any parent would want their kids as safe as possible. Some parents just need to put themselves in that parents shoes.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  250. Jarob

    I have a good friend in my classes who has a deadly peanut allergy. She doesnt need kids to wash their hands and have your lunch outside of the classroom. I think this is going too far. This is just a big hassle for kids and parents. I dont think this is neccesary to change the rules and go through this for one girl. But, that is just my opinion!

    March 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  251. Marah

    I think that they should just take peanut butter out of the school because its not fair if the girl cant help being allergic to it.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  252. Alston

    Come on give the kid a break, all it takes is to be a peanut safe school. We are talking about someone's health here.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  253. cathy

    I think that if her allergy is that bad and worries people that much then she should be home schooled. This is crazy!!! I know they mean the best intentions but still...

    March 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  254. Bre

    My opinion is that the school is taking their rules on peanut allergies a little too far. I understand that it's for the safety of the girl but I just believe that it's unfair. Students shouldn't have to be taking all of these precaution rules just to ensure that she doesn't get a reaction. Especially if they have to wash out their mouths too! I just think that these rules are unreasonable.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  255. Cordell

    I think that the parents need to show empathy. They need to be in the girls shoes. What if they were the ones that were allergic to peanuts. I also think that they should just take peanut butter out of the school. They are making a big deal out of something that is easy to fix.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  256. Josh

    I think that the people in Florida went way too far with the deadly peanut allergy the kids shouldn't have to wash out there mouths everyday.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  257. Kier

    I belive that it's fair. Every child is entitled to an education wether it be public or private. I think it is rediculous that the parents of the other children actually protested because their kids have to wash their hands. They should be proud that every day their kids help to save her life.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  258. Josh

    Since this girl is highly allergic, she needs to protect herself. She needs people to protect her but she isn't doing anything to protect herself like wear a suit. If she can't do this, her best way to learn is homeschool or private lessons.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  259. Maddie

    I think that the rule is bad because they're having to control a whole school that has over 100 people just because of 1 girl.

    March 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  260. Daniel

    Since the girl has a peanut allergy she is the one who needs the precautions for school not the other students. I can understand washing there hands and leaving their lunch boxes outside but the mouthwashing is outrageous.

    March 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  261. kayla

    i think it is far beause it could kill her but then if they make them wash out there mouths thats to fair.

    March 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  262. riku

    The girl has a life threatining allergy and i think this is good because if she ever smells a penut or eats one she will die because she cant smell the penut without haveing a real bad allergic reaction.

    March 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  263. Josh

    I dont think that its fair that kids need to wash there mouth every day. they took it a little to far.

    March 29, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  264. Kalei

    I don't think this is very fair. Sure, there should be rules in place but having children wash their mouths out almost seems like unfair punishment. If the girl's allergy is that bad, she should be homeschool or something in a safer environment.

    March 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  265. Andrew

    If this girl have peanut allergies, then she would have not eat them. But if she want to eat peanuts, then why she would have allergies in the first place in her body.

    March 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  266. Gisselle

    I think it's better off not giving peanuts in school. If you want peanuts then buy them outside of school. Let's try not putting kids to danger and scare.

    March 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  267. Anonymous

    This is a life and death situation. That people refuse to wash their hands( which they should anyway), because they don't want to make allowances for the life of a sixyear old girl is terrible. Washing your mouth out might seem a little excessive, but it'll take 30 seconds tops.

    March 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  268. kyle

    i think its ok to do what they are doing, since it is a life threatning allergy. Washing their mouths out might be taking it too far though.

    March 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  269. jenah

    This is too much. when others have to suffer for her problems it becomes a problem for others and for her because she is most likely getting bullied for all the attention she is getting on this. Her parents should have her home schooled because the precautions being used are cutting into valuable school time. the school isn't going to extend a school day by a minute so that it could make up for time lost taking care of this problem.

    March 29, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  270. Jacquie

    I think that this is a good thing to have in a school. For parents to know that their children will be safe at school is a great relief. Some people may think that everyone else shouldn't have to suffer just because of that one kids allergies; just imagine if that were you. Wouldn't you be glad the school took all of those precautions to make sure that you were safe. I think that whatever a school can do to make it easier for a child with any kind of allergy to go through the day without worrying what might happen is a great thing to have in a school.

    March 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  271. Brittany

    I think penuts our good but i know that some people might have peanut allergies so they should kill all the peanut foods so that people can stay safe.that is what my oppinon is someone my have a different one but thats mine .

    March 29, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  272. isaiah

    i think it is stupied how we have to go out of are way for 1 girl i mean if it is that bad you need to be homeschooled kids have to many problems already.

    March 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  273. olivia

    i too have a peanut allergy. I do think they are going to far, if its that sever than she a) needs to carry her allergy shot or b) be homeschool.

    March 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  274. Harjyot

    I think its good to keep a student safe at school, but thats crazy the things there making them do. If the peanut allergy is that bad then she should get home schooled, because that can't always happen at every single schol she goes to.They all can't put out all these rules, so something needs to happen because there going to far about this whole peanut allergy thing. The othere kids should n't have to also take time out of their studies and clean. There kids!

    March 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  275. Alexis :)

    I think that those school rules are ridiculous. If the little girl is that allergic to peanuts than she should have some other arrangement such as homeschooling or even having to keep her hands and mouth clean instead of everyone elses. People shouldn't have to rearrange their whole lives for one person.

    March 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  276. Sarah

    I think this is going way to far i have the same problem, only i'm careful sure shes 6 but still having to rise out your mouth? insane way to far for a little kid!

    March 29, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  277. Samantha

    I believe that there should be rules in place to protect this girl because her allergy is so seriously threatening but this takes it too far. Most schools that I know of would adapt the student and not the rules. You could move the child outside the lunchroom and till make everyone wash their hands because that way students don't have to be affected, just the girl that has the allergy.

    March 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  278. Joseph

    It is reasonable to take out the foods that have peanut product for the childs sake. It goes to far by affecting the childrens food.

    March 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  279. Drew

    I have a friend that is allergic to peanutbutter but they are all right so why would we need to get rid of them.

    March 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  280. Marina

    It isn't the girl's fault she has the life-threatening allergy. Let her be, the rules aren't THAT extreme. if you were her, wouldn't you be upset that people had to do that just for you?

    March 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  281. Morgan

    Poor girl. She didn't choose to have this allergy. It's been there since she was born. Those kids should get used to their new routine, or change schools.

    March 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  282. faith

    that is stupid for kids to do that they have rights to just because of one girl it is unfair to the rest because of her allergy they should have a table for kids with allergys to some food the kids should not have to waste time with washing there hands and rincing there mouths we need more time to learn than to do this because of one person

    March 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  283. Mark

    I think the girl with deathly peanut allergies should well if she already does she should follow the same rules as the others.

    March 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  284. Jalin

    I think that the rules are going way to far. I mean that girl must get made fun of everyday she goes to school. I used to get bullied so I know what it feels like. I got your back girl

    March 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  285. Conor

    I thing that it is not right that the school is taking new measures. Just because a girl has peanut allergies.

    March 29, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  286. Armani

    I think they went too far. The should have call all the parents, and have them aware of the situation that occured so the staff does not have to worry about another student having a allergic reaction.

    March 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  287. Ginette

    I personally think the school is doing the right thing by protecting the girl from peanuts, BUT the extent that their going to is a little extreme. I think making the kids wash their hands and mouth i is one thing that is healthy and good to due after you eat but to make all kids do this just for one girl might effect her growing. Think about being her age and knowing that every doing all this for her it can have two effects she can learn to be humble or very vain because she is going to be use to people going out of their way for her i think a better idea would be for her to wear gloves so she does not touch any surfaces with the trace of peanuts

    March 29, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  288. Sarah

    As the news coverage stated, this child is covered under the American's with Disabilities Act of 1990 because, the child "Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities". The limited physical impairment pertains to the life activity of eating, which is ultimately life threatening. One thing to keep in mind with the ADA and the school's requirement to accommodate the child is that those accommodations must be reasonable and not cause undue stress financially. Having students be reasonable by washing their hands and storing their lunches outside of the classroom teaches two main things: respect for people's disabilities AND personal hygeine. (How many 8 year olds do you know that actually wash their hands?) This child's allergies cannot be helped beyond the steps of prevention to exposure. This child is protected by the law and the school is required to obey it. If the parents are so concerned that their child isn't getting an education because they have to wash their hands, then the parents might want to reconsider snow days, teacher work days, recess, etc.

    March 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  289. Robert

    I do think that this school is going way to far if they have a student with peanut allergies just remove peanut filled items from the classroom, or keep them away from peanuts. Its not fair to the other students

    March 29, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  290. neel

    Hi! I think this is unfair. Students should be to eat whatever you want. In my old shcool Edison was when a student was alergic to peanut butter the kids would still eat it. when the student and teachers brought something else for those kids.

    March 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  291. Sarah

    If this girl has a peanut allergy, something needs to be done about it. The thing is that SOMETHING needs to be done. Not everyone needs to wash out their mouths. Gosh. I think that everyone just needs to be cautious about the issue and let it be. Nothing bad will happen if you are just careful.

    March 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  292. Zach

    I can understand the fact that they are trying to keep her safe but that doesn't mean you should deprive the other student of peanuts or peanut products.

    March 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  293. Robby

    i think they shuld make the girl stay home school or something like tht but this is a little to far

    March 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  294. Christy

    Obviously you want the girl to be healthy and give her the option to go to school and not be homeschooled, but having rules making students rinse out their mouths seems like the school is going a bit too far.

    March 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
  295. Jurnee

    If the parents and teachers care so much about the little sick year old why don't they just take the little girl and home school her so she dosen't get around peanut stuff and so she is safe i just don't think it is fair to all the other kids that they have to do all that stuff they have to do to go to there classroom it is not fair to the other 6 year olds don't you think!

    March 29, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
  296. Bishop

    I dont think it's right to protest a little girl it's making her feel bad about herself they should just accept the fact taht she can't help having her allergies

    March 29, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  297. Maizie

    I think that the school went too far. It's sad that this little girl has a life or death situation with this allergy, but the children around her that don't shouldn't have to be responsible. If I was one of those children in this situation I would feel that this little 6 year old girl ruled the whole school. We should be able to eat where we want, and not be controlled.

    March 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
  298. Megan

    I think that people are overreacting. Taking 30 seconds to wash your hands isn't that big of a deal. Plus, it only takes 30 seconds to save a little girl's life. It's not like they have to do a lot. It doesn't take away from any learning time.

    March 29, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  299. Nick

    To Nora: With a severe peanut allergy smelling it from someone's breath is almost as bad as eating it. And a peanut free table only isolates kids the allergic child eats with, not the whole class. When you eat a PB&J I bet you still smell like Peanut butter and have it somewhere on your face.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
  300. Estefani

    I think this is something personal if a person is a allergic to something. If the girl was allergic to peanuts her parents should have taken care of the problem at home. Other kids should'nt have to recieve unfair consequences because of one individuals problems.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:19 am |
  301. khushi

    I think it is fair. She could die if they don't apply those rules!!!!!!!!

    March 30, 2011 at 6:48 am |
  302. B.J.

    This is a serious matter that should be addressed in the correct manner. I believe that people with allergies should bring their own lunch to school. This method helps prevent any violence, protests, etc. If it is only 1 child with this allergy then that child and his/her guardians should use my method.

    March 30, 2011 at 7:57 am |
  303. John

    These rules are soooooooo not ok. that girl needs to leave the school and let all the other kids do whatever they want! her mom is crazy to think that other kids should be affected by her kids problems. that is what I think!!!!

    March 30, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  304. Cassidy

    If the girls peanut allergy is bad enough for all of this she just shouldn't be in school. To make all the kids do special things for one girl is rediculous. Its one thing if they are rubbing the peanuts on the girl or touching her with their peanuty hands. Making them wash out there mouth is a little to much.

    March 30, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  305. Sarah

    These rules are not only helping the little girl, but they are also helping with school hygiene. At our schools, if one person gets the stomach flu, we all get it. This could help with the outbreak of sickness in the school.

    March 30, 2011 at 9:31 am |
  306. Stephanie

    I think they are very appropriate, my boyfriend has a peanut allergy, so I've had to become very aware of what i keep in my house and what I eat on days I see him.

    March 30, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  307. Tyson

    I think the Rules Go WAY too far. just think about the other students, teachers and whole school. I think thats making too many sacfrices and the girl should be Home Schooled.

    March 30, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  308. Nikki

    If its worth someone being in serious danger I don't think it much to wash your hands and keep food out of the class room.

    March 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  309. Mike

    I think having the children rinse out their mouths is the only part that's overboard. Kids of that age should be washing their hands frequently anyway, so that's not bad. As for the school making special accommodations, severe allergies fall under the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA), since the school is government sanctioned they are required by law to make accommodations.

    Forcing the girl to be home-schooled would violate her and her parents freedom of choice. If the other parents don't like it, they can choose to send their children to a different school or be home-schooled. To force this girl to be home-schooled would be a violation of her constitutional rights.

    The only part of this situation that should be argued is the level of accommodations made by the school.

    March 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  310. jesus

    everybody has a right to go to school even though they have allergies like the girl with the peanut allergy

    March 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  311. Andy

    I think that if the peanut allergy is a life threatening situation, that it is acceptable for those laws to be set. If I were at the school, I would make sure I followed those rules. Think how you would feel about having that allergy.

    March 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  312. meghan

    i think it is dumb because all of the kids have to suffer and the school board has to go to a lot of hassle to protect this kid.

    March 30, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  313. keaton

    well I think the rules are appropriate and even if they have to wash their hands it would be for the benefit of all the kids to have clean hands. And plus the girl cant help she has the allergy and she has to go to school!!!!

    March 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  314. Kaelyn

    I think that the kids should respect her allergy to peanuts and try to help her as much as they can so she won't become ill or even die. If they have a problem they should talk about it but if it is a problem about someone else that can die from something they should just respect it and not judge it.

    March 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  315. Josh

    think about it, your saying that having peanut butter at lunch is more important than the safety of the child. these parents are putting someone elses child in danger for their own benefits, which is morally wrong.

    March 30, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  316. Alexis

    It's understandable for the school to be concerned about the girl's health, but this really has gone too far. Just because of one kids allergy's, the whole school has to cope with it. There's always the pro's and con's:
    Pro's: It keeps the child safe and the child still gets an education and the things the school makes the other student may teach them how to have good habits such as the constant washing of their hands.
    Con's: It really ruins the mood at school having to do all this kind of things, for all the ages.
    To wrap it all up; the school board have really went out of control with this. Maybe they can put her in a room with other kids who have the peanut allergy or just simply home school her.

    March 30, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
  317. Rosalind

    As a mother who has lost a child, I'd like to ask the protesting parents to imagine how they'd feel if it were their child. Let's also think about teaching our children to be empathetic and altruistic. Can that be a bad thing?

    March 30, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
  318. Judy

    The school is not only place where it focuses on academics, but also enable students to have social skills. In order for students to acheive this, I think the rules are appropriate as it will help students co-operation each other and understand how hard it would be a little girl to go through such a difficult time. Therefore, I should it is appropriate and they will also benefit from it.

    March 31, 2011 at 1:53 am |
  319. Palmer

    In my opinion, taking the precautions of washing hands and mouths before entering this class room is appropriate. Having to take 15 seconds to wash your hands is fine. I’d rather take 15 seconds to wash my hands then to risk another person’s life. It is just laziness if you don’t take the time to follow rules of washing hands and mouths, it doesn’t take long at all

    March 31, 2011 at 8:40 am |
  320. Jazmin

    I think that schools should take precautions in the school because of life threatening allergies some students may have but some parents tend to take things too far. Trying to sanitize every little thing in a school and making other kids go through procedures everyday can take fun away from the other kids and the child that has a serious allergy. The kids wouldn’t be able to just be kids when they have to be extremely cautious when doing anything.

    March 31, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  321. Harrison

    I think that the precaution this school is taking to protect this girl from her severe life-threatening peanut allergy is a great and wise decision. It is also very considerate and responsible of them to do because it is their job to keep that person safe. As someone who has a life-threatening peanut allergy myself I understand what it is like for this girl. Finally, this problem is not a small one, it’s a big one because if someone with a life-threatening allergy has a major reaction it can mean hospitalization or death.

    March 31, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  322. Sara

    I think that the schools in Florida went overboard. If this one kid has a peanut allergy, and the other kids regularly have peanut products in their lunch, they shouldn't ban peanuts. This kid should just be home schooled so they are exposed to peanuts.

    March 31, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  323. Chris

    Ok, these people need to calm down about this. The parents are going WAAAY too far. They are treating the little girl like she did something wrong. She doesn't have the choice. She has to live with it. I think this is a great representation of experience is the best teacher. Because these parents and teachers are doing way too much to protect this girl. It is insane!

    March 31, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  324. Rosanna

    Josh..... your post says it ALL and gets right to the point of this whole issue.

    I hope everyone can pay close attention to your words

    Many thanks.

    –Parent of a 9-year old peanut-allergic child..

    March 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  325. Emily

    I have a peanut allergy but mine is not so life threating has this little girls. I think that the school is going too far with this. People at my middle school don’t have to wash their mouths or wash their hands before coming in. I am not treated any differently. I just have to watch what I eat and who is sitting me next to I and what are they eating? Why can’t the parents of the students in this girls class just accept it. There is nothing the little girl can do about it; she is only 6 years old. Just leave her alone if her parents think that is outrageous then they can take the little girl out of school or the keep her in school and talk to the school officials about it.

    March 31, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  326. Peter

    They are going far overboard

    March 31, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  327. keely

    they go a little to far for a school.I think that kids should just wash hands after they eat if they had peanut butter.

    March 31, 2011 at 6:43 pm |