North Dakota nutjob

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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 grand­fork­sher­

— “In the mail: Peanut bans bor­ders on ab­sur­dity,” posted Sept. 14 on the Grand Forks Her­ald web­site at grand­fork­sher­

Al­most as many nuts in it as your av­er­age col­lege fac­ulty: Skippy creamy peanut but­ter

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