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Posted on 05/12/2005 5:21:32 PM PDT by hadit2here
Faced with a lawsuit, the Bellingham Board of Library Trustees last night adopted a new policy banning latex balloons and gloves in the building.
Patrick Callahan, whose 9-year-old son Andrew has severe latex allergy, said he is relieved. He has been fighting for three months to get the facility latex-free.
"As long as we are in agreement, I will officially drop the case," he told trustees after a meeting in the library last night.
Trouble brewed in February after a children's program in the library left balloon sculptures displayed in the building.
Callahan said he asked library officials to remove the balloons and implement a no-latex policy. He had made the same request to the South Elementary School, he said, which complied immediately after his son enrolled.
"My son has a life-threatening latex allergy," he said. "This is a part of our lives."
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Web site, latex allergy symptoms can range from itchy skin to trouble breathing and was first recognized in the 1970s. However, there are no OSHA guidelines for latex exposure.
While his son could not go to the circus and had to recently leave a bowling alley where families turned up with balloons, as a resident for 12 years and a taxpayer, Callahan said a public library is something to which his son should have access.
"When they refused to institute a policy, we recognized it as discrimination right away," he said, citing the Americans with Disabilities Act, which covers public buildings.
His protest convinced the Massachusetts Office of Disabilities and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination to file a complaint against the library and a suit with the attorney general's office.
See link for the rest of this idiocy...
Oh, thank God, so I'll still be able to get it on at the library.
There goes the condom machine in the basement men's room...
wait 'til the local LGBT organization hears of this.
"And you want to be my latex salesman."
What about mylar baloons?
Hey! You can't perform CPR on my son, you're wearing
Does this mean they will ban books that cause people to breath funny and act weird??
Note to son,
Do not, DO NOT eat another balloon, you remember what
happened last time.
Let's see, no peanuts on airplanes,
no balloons in libraries,
no riding bicycles without helmets,
Absolutely no four wheeling!
Now go outside and play.
Ya know, they could be in series trouble here,
what if I came in and had an allergy to paper
and HAD to wear latex gloves to read a book!
Interesting conflict eh?
That kid has no chance. All it'll take is one event requiring emergency medical service... and he's a goner.
Where does someone get the idea that the entire world must be bent to fit their extremely rare condition? Isn't this just a tad unrealistic?
I feel the same about people with peanut allergies and the like. It would be far better for that kid and that family if they could figure out some way to survive in the world. Eventually... they'll be in a place where they can't control others. Better figure out how to deal with it.
...and now that child's allergy and the child that just learned that he can get his way by threatening a lawsuit has become a part of everyone else's lives, thanks.
"My son has a life-threatening latex allergy," he said. "This is a part of our lives."
Apparently it's part of everybodys life now. Also I'm confused as to why latex has to be removed. Can't the kid be in the same room as latex or hasn't he learned not to touch it?
Thank you, Bush 41, for signing the ADA (otherwise known as the "Law of Unintended Consequences" act).
When will the town ban latex condoms?
I didn't realize that this was the Socialist State of Washington.
Your lives, not mine. Latex has probably saved ten thousand lives for every one it has threatened. If this guys kid is too sensitive so latex, keep him home.
Does this mean there will be no condom on the cucumber when this kid gets to middle school?
Now what if someone is allergic to paper?
Oh, jeez... just thought of another: Latex paint.
This kid is a goner.
That boy's first sexual experience will definitely be something he'll remember for the rest of his life.
No gloves in the first aid kit, I suppose.
I grew up on a farm with the chickens that I was allergic to. I learned to stay away from them when I was 4 or 5 years old.
This kid is learning to be a perpetual victim. If he eats too much candy and becomes obese, he'll use the ADA to ban candy stores and vending machines.
Gosh, we go to the library twice a week, and I never noticed latex. Who'da thunkit?
If it's an airborne thing, what about latex paints? Gotta repaint the school? With what? Lead-based enamels?
"If it's an airborne thing, what about latex paints? "
Excellant point, which leads me to believe it is not an airborne condition, which further leads me to believe the parents need to back off
I looked really quickly at a website about latex allergies and apparently there is a problem with "latex dust" from products, so airborne latex may be a problem for the kid. That said, should the library have to sterilize itself or should the kid, on the probably rare times he goes to the library, wear a dust-filtering mask? The website said the extreme danger was anaphylactic shock, which is serious and potentially fatal. But can't an adult with a kit for shock accompany the kid? That is how adults handle their allergies. The question is, who should accommodate? The kid and his family or the world? Sounds like the world surrendered.
Our school is now latex-free. It was explained to us that the existance of balloons isn't the problem. But, if one pops (which one invariably does), latex is spewn into the air and can be breathed by the child.
It's all part of the no-Christmas, no-Birthday cupcakes PC crowd. Last year they got rid of peanut butter in the cafeteria! Imagine that. They replaced it with soybeans that tasted like garbage. Nobody ate them, the parents complained, and we have peanut butter back.
I know it's challenging to live in a world where everyday items can cause serious health allergies, but it's not right to ban peanut butter from the school cafeteria. Since we can't have birthday parties any more, I guess the balloon issue is dead anyway.
"Our school is now latex-free. It was explained to us that the existance of balloons isn't the problem. But, if one pops (which one invariably does), latex is spewn into the air and can be breathed by the child
Thanks for the info, in that case I would say it's not too much to ask for a school that has one of these latex allergic kids to not allow balloons. Balloons don't add that much to the educational process IMO, not balaced against a kids life
latex-free gloves are available on our ambulances......
Ooooh, all those people with dust allergies have just cause to close down every library on the planet!
Does this mean that my grandmother has to stop accessing those latex fetish porn sites on her neighborhood library's internet terminals?
Severe reactions to allergins can cause anaphylactic shock and death. I have many allergies as well, but never had anything that serious. Some children DO have this type of reaction to peanut butter or latex. It is rare, but it happens.
Shortens of breath, swelling .......OMG I'm allergic to latex too
Bruce Wayne may fire me.
Oh, how interesting. But that would not be an issue in your average suburban branch library.
We call it the "Plaintiff's Attorneys Full Employment Act"
What an idiotic thing to say. How do you differentiate between an allergen and a toxin? At what point do you draw the line. Would you approve of me smoking marijuana in the library if your kids were present, how about dumping solvents in the community pool?
Well, at least the fetishists can still go in and expand their minds...
Three little words:
Evolution in action.
Both of THOSE are illegal actions: "apples and oranges" compared to innocuous things such as balloons and gloves (who WEARS rubber gloves in a library anyway?).
What is next? Banning all perfumes (not a bad idea, considering some scents) and deodorants? How about people who have allergies to synthetic cloth? Or have extremely sensitive hearing? Or have strange phobias?
Just think: "This library prohibits entry to individuals possessing bottles containing urine and crucifixes." The ACLU would have a collective stroke (again, not altogether a bad idea)! Or - "This library has removed all objectionable articles in keeping with being a bibliophobic-friendly environment."
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