North Dakota nutjob
Special thanks to one Sandra Short of Grand Forks, North Dakota for giving victims all over the world a new term to use when feeling sorry for themselves. . . allergy bully:
By opposing peanut and nut bans in schools, Kathryn Nedegaard is engaging in allergy bullying (“Peanut ban hurts too many, benefits too few,” Page A4, Sept. 4).
This backlash against restrictions on peanuts and nuts in schools is a new form of harassment, which, of course, is a crime. As defined by law, harassment includes words, gestures and behaviors that are intended to adversely affect the safety of another person. Opinions like that of Nedegaard’s are putting severely allergic children at risk.
[A woman opposes a ban on nuts in school and she becomes the equivalent of a Ku Klux Klansman in Ms. Short’s eyes. Can’t she see that the peanut in another kid’s lunch box is even more toxic than radioactive waste?]:
From a legal point of view, if a school refuses to comply with a request to be free of a substance that can cause death to one or any of its students, that school is breaking the law. However, this doesn’t mean that the school must accommodate all types of allergies. It is applicable to only those cases where the allergen can result in death.
Peanut and nut allergies are the most deadly of all. Kids with peanut/nut allergies can be affected by ingestion, inhalation and skin contact. This is what makes the peanut/nut allergy unique and the suggestion of a nut-free lunch table inadequate.
[Ms. Short is described as a professor of physical education, exercise science and wellness at the University of North Dakota. No surprise there. Are there any sane adults working on college campuses in this nation anymore? Here is a more reasonable response from Grand Forks resident Joe Williams on the great peanut debate]:
I would be lying to say that I can fully appreciate what it’s like to be a parent of a child with a severe food allergy. However, to these parents who send their children to a school with 400 to 500 students whom they’ve told to stop eating peanut butter, I have to ask: What are you thinking?
This exclusion actually is supposed to extend to the nonallergic children’s breakfast tables, as even those children’s peanut breath supposedly can send the reactive children to the hospital.
Parents of allergic children speak of not wanting to set up barriers for their own children, but they think nothing of the barriers they’ve set up for an entire school and its students and faculty.
Let’s fast forward to 2015, and an allergic child is in college. Are the parents going to insist that that student body of 10,000 stop eating peanut butter? Do they think that will be well received? Will it be a hate crime when their child is singled out?
This says nothing of going off and seeking employment or trying to travel the world: “I’d like two tickets to Rome, and tell Europe to stop eating peanut butter.”
— “Viewpoint: Say no to allergy bullying,” posted Sept. 14 on the Grand Forks Herald website at grandforksherald.com
— “In the mail: Peanut bans borders on absurdity,” posted Sept. 14 on the Grand Forks Herald website at grandforksherald.com
Almost as many nuts in it as your average college faculty: Skippy creamy peanut butter