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School 'Peanut Gallery' Raises Eyebrows [Peanut Butter Sammich eaters segregated]
Fox News Online ^ | 1/4/05 | Jeff Goldblatt

Posted on 01/04/2005 7:54:07 AM PST by TheBigB

YORKTOWN, Ind. — Savannah Dowling is a typical 8-year-old girl; much of her protein comes from peanut butter sandwiches.

However, if she wants to bring one to Central Indiana's Pleasant View Elementary School, she has to eat it at a special table in the cafeteria to accommodate one first grader with a severe allergy. Soon she'll have to take her lunch to an area the school is calling the "peanut gallery" so the one child with the peanut allergy isn't affected.

"I don't think everybody should have to suffer because of one kid," said Mike Raper, a critic of the idea and fiancé of Savannah's mother. "I think it's a terrible precedent. Basically, because there's nowhere to draw the line. You've got people allergic to milk, wheat. My own son's diabetic. There's just no where to draw that line."

School Superintendent Mary Ann Irwin called it "one of the most challenging" accommodations the school has made for its students.

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1 posted on 01/04/2005 7:54:07 AM PST by TheBigB
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To: TheBigB

Wouldn't it be easier to move 1 child, rather than inconvenience many?


2 posted on 01/04/2005 7:55:04 AM PST by eyespysomething (And a happy new year!)
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To: TheBigB; All

This is getting out of hand.. What next a meat free zone?


3 posted on 01/04/2005 7:55:18 AM PST by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: TheBigB
I find it hard to believe that only one table can accommodate all the PB&J eaters, unless elementary school diets have changed that much since I was a kid.
4 posted on 01/04/2005 7:56:00 AM PST by Non-Sequitur (Jefferson Davis - the first 'selected, not elected' president.)
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To: Non-Sequitur

I think what's changed is most kids now probably buy their lunch.


5 posted on 01/04/2005 7:57:04 AM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: TheBigB
"I don't think everybody should have to suffer because of one kid," said Mike Raper

I believe HL Menkcen used to define a Puritan as "someone who is worried that someone else, somewhere, may be having fun".

My definition of a Leftist: "Some who thinks everyone should have to suffer because someone, somewhere is unfortunate".

6 posted on 01/04/2005 7:57:45 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: TheBigB
"I don't think everybody should have to suffer because of one kid," said Mike Raper

Get a grip, Mike ... "suffer"? SUFFER? Over a hundred thousand dead in Asia, and you think sitting at a different table during lunch is "suffering"? Grow up, before your maybe-gonna-be-my-stepdaughter-someday grows up to be a useless, whiny, professional victim.

7 posted on 01/04/2005 7:57:53 AM PST by Tax-chick (To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just.)
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To: TheBigB

This is a tough one.

Peanut allergies are serious and some kids can have major reactions (i.e. life threatening reactions) from the slightest contact to peanuts.

I think they are going a bit far. But there should be a concerted effort to keep the allergic kids away from potential exposure.


8 posted on 01/04/2005 7:58:07 AM PST by nuffsenuff
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To: TheBigB

Oddly, I don't remember kids dropping dead in the cafeteria during peanut-butter day.


9 posted on 01/04/2005 7:58:10 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: eyespysomething

Maybe everyone should just move to a whole new city.


10 posted on 01/04/2005 7:58:42 AM PST by Sam's Army (No witty taglines currently come to mind)
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To: KevinDavis
hmm how allergic is this kid? My brother couldn't even touch the stuff (peanut oil and the like) but he could be in the same room with me when i ate peanut butter. Sometime i did as a kid daily.
Make the kid bring his epipen (sp?) to school every day or give it to the girl (sorry that was sexist)...person who watches the kids eat lunch in case something bad happens.

This poor kid (the one with the allergy) is going to be shield then next thing you know he'll be walking through china town and happen into a restaurant serving cashew chicken and keel over. And i pity the restaurant that didn't have it's own peanut gallery.
11 posted on 01/04/2005 7:59:52 AM PST by tfecw (dolphins are the spawn of evil)
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To: TheBigB

I would think it would be easier to segregate the poor kid that allergic to peanuts than to segregate the kids who bring peanut butter for lunch. Maybe the parents of the allergic kid ought to homeschool him... no, wait, then he couldn't be indoctrinated by all the teachers preaching their liberal diatribe to young and tender minds.


12 posted on 01/04/2005 7:59:59 AM PST by sddINRep ("Oh, bother," said Pooh.)
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To: Tax-chick

Maybe the PeanutPolice could get a grip.


13 posted on 01/04/2005 8:00:15 AM PST by Sam's Army (No witty taglines currently come to mind)
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To: eyespysomething

"Wouldn't it be easier to move 1 child, rather than inconvenience many?"

Oh, no. Not a "special needs" child. They must be taught that they are more important than everybody else and the world will change to suit them.


14 posted on 01/04/2005 8:00:31 AM PST by L98Fiero
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To: TheBigB

A report on the radio this morning indicated that 3 million people in the U.S. are allergic to peanuts.

In other words 1%. So potentially 00% of the kids could be eating in the peanut butter segregated area.


15 posted on 01/04/2005 8:01:11 AM PST by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Vote for true conservatives!)
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To: Sam's Army

That would be good, too.


16 posted on 01/04/2005 8:01:11 AM PST by Tax-chick (To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just.)
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To: AppyPappy

Me either. Kids only dropped dead in my school when it was tuna casserole and spinach day.


17 posted on 01/04/2005 8:01:15 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: eyespysomething
Wouldn't it be easier to move 1 child, rather than inconvenience many?

Yes, but we must punish "normality" and coddle the fringe groups.

18 posted on 01/04/2005 8:01:47 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: AppyPappy

It may depend on when you went to grade school. I'm not trying to be insulting here. But many of these severe food allergies to things like peanuts and milk are pretty recent in their being widespread enough to be noticed.


19 posted on 01/04/2005 8:01:52 AM PST by AQGeiger (Half of my heart is in Iraq.)
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To: Sam's Army

There was a school last year that had to remove all Latex from the premises in anticipation of a single student with a Latex allergy attending. All paint had to be removed as well as furniture and fixtures. It was still a few years away from when this student if, not would, be attending. My first reaction was that this was going to screw up the condom distribution plan.


21 posted on 01/04/2005 8:02:53 AM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: TheBigB

When PB&Js are outlawed, only outlaws will have PB&Js


22 posted on 01/04/2005 8:03:22 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: nuffsenuff

"But there should be a concerted effort to keep the allergic kids away from potential exposure."

Yeah. Isolate/insulate THEM.

Kids eating peanut butter is normal. If this allergic kid goes all thru skrewel without having to exercise prudence regarding peanut butter, WHAT WILL HE DO WHEN HE GRADUATES TO THE REAL WORLD?


23 posted on 01/04/2005 8:03:31 AM PST by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: AppyPappy
Oddly, I don't remember kids dropping dead in the cafeteria during peanut-butter day.

It's a new phenomenon, probably something to do with taking the pill, global warming, and Bush.

24 posted on 01/04/2005 8:03:41 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: nuffsenuff

The problem is that they're not trying to keep the allergic kid away...they're segregating the non-allergic peanutbutter eaters away.

Sounds like they should be doing the reverse.

Of course, this might hurt his "self esteem" and we can't have that (but to hell with the "self esteem" of the others).


25 posted on 01/04/2005 8:03:41 AM PST by Guillermo (Tsunami relief: http://compassionservices.com)
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To: AQGeiger

Or perhaps many of them are fabricated. I know a family whose child is suddenly deathly allergic to peanuts and the other children must be controlled for her sake.

Odd she didn't have this deadly problem for 3 years.


26 posted on 01/04/2005 8:03:50 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: KevinDavis

"This is getting out of hand.. What next a meat free zone?"

If you had a child with a peanut allergy so severe he or she could die, you wouldn't consider this out of hand. The daughter of one of my friends has gone into immediate shock from the breath of somebody who had just eaten peanut butter.

I'm not sure that what the school has done is the best answer, but an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts is not a liberal PC thing; it's life and death.


27 posted on 01/04/2005 8:03:58 AM PST by Gone GF
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To: Tax-chick

I think the term was meant as in "suffer the consequences" of anothers misfortune, not suffer as in having your fingernails ripped off.


28 posted on 01/04/2005 8:06:15 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (Stay safe in the "sandbox" Greg!)
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To: massgopguy
"My first reaction was that this was going to screw up the condom distribution plan."

LOL! Well, they could always make an exception and go with the sheepskin ones for that school...

But that would offend the animal-rights crowd.

29 posted on 01/04/2005 8:06:25 AM PST by Sam's Army (No witty taglines currently come to mind)
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To: TheBigB

I'm allergic to garlic; I should request special accomodations.

...and I'm italian too!


30 posted on 01/04/2005 8:06:53 AM PST by RexFamilia
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To: oso blanco
Didn't you know, liberals don't like using their own money, even if it's just their COMMON-CENTS!

Well, come on now...we all know its for the children!

31 posted on 01/04/2005 8:07:18 AM PST by BureaucratusMaximus ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good" - Hillary Clinton)
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To: L98Fiero
"Wouldn't it be easier to move 1 child, rather than inconvenience many?" Oh, no. Not a "special needs" child. They must be taught that they are more important than everybody else and the world will change to suit them.

This is not a special needs child. Every child is special, some need a little more help than others. And they are not more important. However they do deal with an abundance of extra circumstances that you or I would not give a second thought too. We need to give the real "Special Needs" kids a little help from time to time. They just want to be able to do most of what the other kids are doing. No need to drag everyone else down to do it. Just elevate.

Some just might learn something from these special kids also.

32 posted on 01/04/2005 8:07:41 AM PST by New Perspective (Proud father of an 13 month old son with Down Syndrome)
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To: 1Old Pro

"Yes, but we must punish "normality" and coddle the fringe groups."

Sorry, but this kid isn't part of a fringe group. He or she (I'd don't remember which now) is part of a group that could drop dead from slight expsure to peanuts. Now, imagine this is YOUR child.


33 posted on 01/04/2005 8:08:47 AM PST by Gone GF
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To: Gone GF

How do they plan to protect this child for day-to-day living?


34 posted on 01/04/2005 8:09:41 AM PST by Sam's Army (No witty taglines currently come to mind)
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To: eyespysomething
Wouldn't it be easier to move 1 child, rather than inconvenience many?

Makes sense but I remember when I was in grade school. Packing a peanut butter sandwich was a special day as most days I ate the cafeteria servings. Being able to go sit in the "peanut gallery" would have made it double special! Only problem would be that "trades" would be severely down since everyone had the same thing.

35 posted on 01/04/2005 8:09:43 AM PST by WildTurkey
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To: TheBigB

It won't be long until a kid is suspended for leaving his sandwich unattended or waving it around.

All a parent needs to do now is cut the sandwich into the shape of a gun. It would become a weapon of mass destruction.


36 posted on 01/04/2005 8:10:27 AM PST by scott7278 (All your SCOTUS are belong to us!)
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68

Good point.

I did say it was a tough one.

BTW... What's with the Peanut allergies? Has anyone else noticed that its becoming more and more common?

I NEVER heard of kids being allergic to peanuts when I was a kid.


37 posted on 01/04/2005 8:10:30 AM PST by nuffsenuff
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To: RexFamilia

"I'm allergic to garlic; I should request special accomodations."

Can slight exposure to garlic kill you in seconds? If so, you should definitely have special accomodations.


38 posted on 01/04/2005 8:10:44 AM PST by Gone GF
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To: TheBigB
Wouldn't it make more sense to just set up a "no peanut butter table"? Then the allergic children and anyone that wanted to sit with them could do so, as long as they didn't have a pb&j. And the rest could go about their lunch without it being made into a big deal.
39 posted on 01/04/2005 8:11:24 AM PST by Antonello
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To: Gone GF

I agree, it is serious. However, measures should be taken to isolate the single allergic child, not the rest of the PB eating world.


40 posted on 01/04/2005 8:11:37 AM PST by Buck W. (How can anyone who works for a living vote democrat?)
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To: nuffsenuff
I NEVER heard of kids being allergic to peanuts when I was a kid.

THATS BECASOSE GORGE W BUSH WASNT PRESIDINT!!!!!!!!!!!!

41 posted on 01/04/2005 8:11:57 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: nuffsenuff
This is a tough one.

Peanut allergies are serious and some kids can have major reactions (i.e. life threatening reactions) from the slightest contact to peanuts.

I think they are going a bit far. But there should be a concerted effort to keep the allergic kids away from potential exposure.

I agree with you. I don't think this is a case of "political correctness" gone crazy, but rather, an attempt by the school to avoid a major lawsuit if anything happened to this kid. It's a tough call.

42 posted on 01/04/2005 8:12:13 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: Antonello
Wouldn't it make more sense to just set up a "no peanut butter table"? Then the allergic children and anyone that wanted to sit with them could do so, as long as they didn't have a pb&j. And the rest could go about their lunch without it being made into a big deal.

Yes, that would make much more sense. That's probably why they aren't doing it.

43 posted on 01/04/2005 8:13:00 AM PST by retrokitten
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To: AppyPappy

I hadn't thought of that.

The man is pure evil...

/sarcasm


44 posted on 01/04/2005 8:13:46 AM PST by nuffsenuff
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To: Gone GF
He or she (I'd don't remember which now) is part of a group that could drop dead from slight expsure to peanuts. Now, imagine this is YOUR child.

Imagine it is YOUR child! Would you send them to instant death by sending them to a public school where peanuts might be served or would you homeschool them where you can control their exposure?

45 posted on 01/04/2005 8:13:58 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Still an over-reaction, imo ... not that the school isn't being dopey.


46 posted on 01/04/2005 8:13:59 AM PST by Tax-chick (To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just.)
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To: stainlessbanner
Peanut Butter Jelly time!


47 posted on 01/04/2005 8:14:42 AM PST by TheBigB ("Eat my rubber!"--Clark W. Griswold, Jr.)
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To: AppyPappy
Oddly, I don't remember kids dropping dead in the cafeteria during peanut-butter day.

You beat me to it. It was the staple in the late 50s and early 60s and I sure don't recall many writhing bodies on the floor or ER. Maybe peanut allergy is somehow related to ADD which also didn't seem to exist in my youth.

48 posted on 01/04/2005 8:15:01 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: TheBigB

They should segregate the allergic child. If this is a problem for his mommy, then perhaps she can teach the child not to eat anything from others because of his/her allergy.

I'm sick of this minority rule BS, and I'm sick of the phrase "for the sake of the children".


49 posted on 01/04/2005 8:15:31 AM PST by hushpad (Come on baby. . .Don't fear the FReeper. . .)
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To: Sam's Army

"How do they plan to protect this child for day-to-day
living?"

There's a simple answer. As with anything else in life (you know, crossing the street, walking to school by yourself, handling money, etc.), very young children are much less able to fend for and protect themsleves than are older children. In the case of my friend, their child was very well insulated in elementary school but now in high school takes care of the problem herself. Just as with anything else with children, you give them more trust and responsibility as they get older. This is how life is.


50 posted on 01/04/2005 8:15:36 AM PST by Gone GF
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