6 Students with food allergies want Canadian schools to pat down other students for peanut butter.I know this isn't America, but I'm glad to see our "think of the children" no matter how unreasonable attitude is getting exported.
I don't know if there is such a thing as someone in the same room eating something you're allergic to means you die. However, even if that's the case, seems like separating the .005% of the kids this is a problem for is a better solution than inconveniencing the other 99.995% and their parents, and the school.
All we have to remember is "Nothing is too much when we're talking about kids' safety." I for one plan on chaining my kids in the basement as the odds of something bad happening to them is dramatically reduced that way.
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|Alex - 3618 Posts|
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|Jeremy - 9012 Posts|
|What if a student was allergic to sunlight, so to not make the child feel "put out" or discriminated against the school was forced to board up the windows and cancel all outdoor activities, including recess and gym, for everyone, so the child wasn't left out or in harms way? Really, how is this any different?|
|Jon - 2906 Posts|
Jeremy Wrote - 12/11/2007 @ 12:46:08 PM
What if a student was allergic to sunlight, so to not make the child feel "put out" or discriminated against the school was forced to board up the windows and cancel all outdoor activities, including recess and gym, for everyone, so the child wasn't left out or in harms way? Really, how is this any different?
It's completely different. At least from half of your statements. They're not doing it to protect the feelings of the child, just protect them from the allergic reactions.
I don't think it's a good solution, I just think the analogy is inaccurate.
|Jeremy - 9012 Posts|
It's being pursued as an anti-discrimination suit because their allergies are "disabilities."
Plus I didn't really mean it to be a blow for blow analogy, just that the principal is the same.
Edit: I mean I see what you're saying, the kids eating peanut butter can "track" peanut everywhere, while the kids at recess can't track in sunlight. However, the obvious solution is to have the kids eat in a "clean room" and just be prepared for a reaction in the one in a 100K chance enough rouge peanut molecules make contact with the child in the classroom. (I mean a kid might get stung by a bee and turn out to be allergic, someone on staff needs to know what to do.) They wont separate the kids because THAT is what would be considered to be unfair to them, but I guess that was covered in a different article. To be honest I'm not sure I read the one I ended up linking to all the way through.
|Jeremy screwed with this 2 times, last at 12/11/2007 2:20:32 pm|