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Parents angered by son's suspension over peanut cookies ["You cannot speak to the principal,"....]
NJ.COM ^

Posted on 04/22/2004 11:20:08 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Edited on 07/06/2004 6:39:39 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) The parents of a sixth-grader say they are outraged over an indefinite suspension of their son after he was accused of threatening to expose a highly allergic teacher to peanut butter cookies.

The boy's father, Loubert Gabriel, said his 12-year-old son, Jules, was suspended on April 2 after a girl in his social studies class at South Orange Middle School made the accusation.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: allergy; discipline; foodallergies
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1 posted on 04/22/2004 11:20:09 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
Peanut Butter Sends Teacher To The Nutter. Film at 11.
2 posted on 04/22/2004 11:22:14 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Sub-Driver
Y'know, I am 35 years old and attended public school all my life. I never knew one child who was allergic to peanuts. My sister is 32 and my brother is 28, and I asked them - they remember no such allergy.

If it's real, what made it happen in the '80s?
3 posted on 04/22/2004 11:22:22 AM PDT by Xenalyte (I may not agree with your bumper sticker, but I shall defend to the death your right to stick it)
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To: Xenalyte
40 years old - been allergic to peanuts since I was about 10. I can, however, eat small amounts of peanut butter, but it has to be creamy and low in oil content. Prior to 10, I ate peanuts all the time. Why can't you get an allergy to stuff that you don't like? Seems unfair...
4 posted on 04/22/2004 11:24:38 AM PDT by AzSteven
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To: Xenalyte
I have never seen or heard of anyone I know or anyone they know that had this..
5 posted on 04/22/2004 11:25:19 AM PDT by TLI (...........ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA..........)
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To: Xenalyte
Its very real.

And very deadly.

Personally I think the teacher should have another profession instead of forcing her situation on hundreds if not thousands of others.
6 posted on 04/22/2004 11:26:20 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: Xenalyte
early exposure to peanuts prior to being above 1 year old....

So I have been told.....from what I understand it is rare, but that is the reason arilines don't serve peanuts anymore.......
7 posted on 04/22/2004 11:26:34 AM PDT by vin-one (REMEMBER the WTC !!!!!!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver
It's hard to believe they are keeping this boy out of school for well over a MONTH based on unproven accusations.

Why do they have to wait till MAY for the Superintendents hearing?

These people need a good lawyer ASAP.
8 posted on 04/22/2004 11:27:03 AM PDT by katnip
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To: Sub-Driver
My kids go to a private school and peanut products are verboten.

They have nut nazis who phreak out when a PBJ appears on campus.

9 posted on 04/22/2004 11:27:21 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Xenalyte
Peanut allergies are very real, and can be fairly deadly. They have been known for at least 50 years. It is one of the "real" allergies worth considering safeguards for, if you are the one with the allergy. But this is plain dumb. Either charge the child with conspiracy to commit murder (and prepare to be ridiculed) or have a quick sit-down with the parents and that should be the end of it.
10 posted on 04/22/2004 11:27:41 AM PDT by Cobra Scott
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To: Xenalyte
If it's real, what made it happen in the '80s?

Jimmy Carter??? (1977-1981)

11 posted on 04/22/2004 11:29:02 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Cobra Scott
I can just see Michael Moore's next documentary project: Peanut Butter Massacre.
12 posted on 04/22/2004 11:29:08 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: TLI
My sister's friend died from it.

The man was at a BBQ where he asked if any peanut oil was used in the BBQ sauce. The cook said no. It turned out otherwise.
13 posted on 04/22/2004 11:29:19 AM PDT by DB ()
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To: Xenalyte
If it's real, what made it happen in the '80s?

It's very real. My daughter, who is 4, has been to the ER three times after being exposed to whatever it is in peanuts that causes the reaction. She's not a pretty sight when it happens.

My wife and I take it in stride. We make sure she takes the responsibility for what she puts in her mouth instead of making the world conform to her. (I don't trust the world to watch out for my kid.) It's worked well for us. She does a firm but friendly interrogation of food contents.

14 posted on 04/22/2004 11:29:21 AM PDT by Glenn (The two keys to character: 1) Learn how to keep a secret. 2) ...)
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To: Sub-Driver

"From my cold, dead fingers..."


15 posted on 04/22/2004 11:29:28 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Xenalyte
Peanut butter has not been a staple for *that* long. It seems to be caused by an overexposure at an early age, so if kids have been munching on PBJ since the 50s, it stands to reason that these allergies wouldn't begin popping up in large numbers until the PB-loving Baby Boomers started having children.

I've heard anecdotes of mothers ingesting ungodly huge amounts of PB while pregnant and then giving birth to peanut-butter-allergic kids. It seems to be an immune reaction. Everything in moderation...
16 posted on 04/22/2004 11:29:41 AM PDT by Nataku X
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To: Sub-Driver
I guess they don't want this kid back in school. Maybe his parents should take him on a vacation somewhere. When they come back, they can make plans to homeschool him.
17 posted on 04/22/2004 11:29:45 AM PDT by ladylib
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To: Xenalyte
When Nutter Butters are outlawed, only outlaws will have Nutter Butters.

Now I'm starting to crave some...

18 posted on 04/22/2004 11:30:03 AM PDT by EllaMinnow ("Pessimism never won any battle." - Dwight D. Eisenhower)
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To: vin-one
So I have been told.....from what I understand it is rare, but that is the reason arilines don't serve peanuts anymore.......

I thought it was because they were too cheap to anymore.

19 posted on 04/22/2004 11:30:19 AM PDT by cinFLA
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To: Xenalyte
It is rare, usually brought about by exposure to peanuts or peanut products as an infant, particularly if said infant was not nursed. The reaction can be fatal.

This threat should have been responded to with premeditated self-defense on the teacher's part.
20 posted on 04/22/2004 11:31:13 AM PDT by Poohbah (Darkdrake Lives!)
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