posted on Sep, 14 2012 @ 08:55 AM
A good point has been raised, kids are pretty darn messy and for a kid allergic to peanuts having a bunch of PB&J eating kids running around smearing
their peanut product laden hands all over everything could be scary, and potentially dangerous.
But I still maintain the ban is going overboard. What's next, peanut products becoming illegal all together throughout the whole country because a
jar could break in a store and get someone sick, or because too many people fail to read warning labels that say that a certain food product was
manufactured on equipment also used to process peanuts?
There is always going to be risk in everything, and teaching the kids that every other single person and place they interact with is going to bow to
their issues and coddle them isn't going to help them in the long run. When they get to be adults they aren't going to get this kind of treatment,
they will have to be responsible for themselves, and I think kids should learn these things early. Otherwise they will get out into the world and
become horrified that that world doesn't revolve around them and they'll actually have to be responsible for themselves.
I mean basic hand washing could pretty much get rid of any chance of cross contamination. if the allergic kid made sure to wash his hands frequently,
or just not stick stuff in his mouth that shouldn't be there, then there wouldn't be an issue.
On a basic level I don't think a kids right to eat peanut butter and jelly is more important than keeping another kid safe. But it's not that basic.
I think that's an oversimplification of the issue at hand. That same logic could be applied to pretty much anything, such as your right to drive a
car isn't more important than the safety of others, because there are many people who get hit by cars. Which is why we teach our kids to look both
ways when crossing the street.
I feel bad for kids that have to deal with this kind of thing, I couldn't imagine having to worry about everything I eat. I've never had allergies
to anything so I don't really know what it's like, but again it should be the responsibility of the person with the problem to keep themselves safe
and secure. And when the way to avoid issues (hand washing, which they should be doing anyway) is so incredibly simple, I just don't think a ban on
nuts for the whole school is reasonable in the least.
However, the person that mentioned that their kids school banned nuts for snacks brought in for everybody, that makes perfect sense. The food is
intended to be distributed, so the person distributing it should make sure they aren't providing anything that's dangerous. But a general ban is
just too far.