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Peanut allergy stirs controversy at Florida school(Peanut Sniffing Dogs Search Classrooms!)
Yahoo ^ | 3/22/2011 | Yahoo News

Posted on 03/22/2011 6:52:11 PM PDT by Dallas59

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Some public school parents in Edgewater, Florida, want a first-grade girl with life-threatening peanut allergies removed from the classroom and home-schooled, rather than deal with special rules to protect her health, a school official said.

"That was one of the suggestions that kept coming forward from parents, to have her home-schooled. But we're required by federal law to provide accommodations. That's just not even an option for us," said Nancy Wait, spokeswoman for the Volusia County School District.

Wait said the 6-year-old's peanut allergy is so severe it is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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1 posted on 03/22/2011 6:52:18 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

I thought the ADA provided reasonable accommodations? A simple solution would be for the girl to stay in one room or section of the school.


2 posted on 03/22/2011 6:54:37 PM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: Dallas59

I have a friend (we’re in our late 40s) with a very severe peanut allergy. If her husband eats a peanut butter sandwich for lunch and kisses her six hours later, after brushing his teeth, she swells up and hyperventilates.

However, she survived public school in the 1970s, without the whole school’s being asked to accommodate her, or “contraband” sniffing dogs.


3 posted on 03/22/2011 6:55:27 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: Dallas59

As a kid I refused to eat anything other than a PB&J sandwich for lunch everyday. So what would they do to me? Kick me out of school.


4 posted on 03/22/2011 6:55:56 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!)
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To: Dallas59
But we're required by federal law to provide accommodations.

'Accommodation' does not mean stopping the world's rotation and sending in sniffer dogs.

5 posted on 03/22/2011 6:58:19 PM PDT by relictele
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To: LukeL

A “reasonable accommodation” would be making sure there was food available for her that did not include peanuts.


6 posted on 03/22/2011 6:58:40 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: SatinDoll

Foster care and re-education.


7 posted on 03/22/2011 6:59:06 PM PDT by Crim
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To: Dallas59

What would these socialists loons do if one of the children was allergic to dogs?


8 posted on 03/22/2011 6:59:24 PM PDT by Defend Liberty
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To: SatinDoll

Unfortunately, in today’s day and age, yes. There are entire districts in the area I live that have a zero tolerance to peanuts or any product that contains products. And yes, as a parent you have to sign stating you understand this (and other district policies) policy


9 posted on 03/22/2011 6:59:34 PM PDT by ebersole
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To: Dallas59

This is getting out of hand. In the 70s-80s the kids had to learn how to live in a world with peanut in it (almost as if the school were teaching kids how to live on their own). Then lawyers and FAAN activists got involved, and parents were told their kids would DIE and schools were told the lawyers would SUE.

Now here we are with peanut sniffing dogs. Gee, what if the PA kid is allergic to DOGS?


10 posted on 03/22/2011 6:59:57 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Tax-chick

THAT is the reasonable solution. Obviously, there is no one of reason at this school.


11 posted on 03/22/2011 7:00:13 PM PDT by pacpam (action=consequence and applies in all cases - friend of victory)
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To: Dallas59

Brevard & Volushi counties are very liberal. Lot’s of people on the dole. With the Cape being shut down by the idiot they voted for they are in for a whole lot more misery. And I thought the dumb a$$es in Kalifornia where I live were stupid.

PS I have relatives in Florida, I know.


12 posted on 03/22/2011 7:02:01 PM PDT by 23 Everest (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: ebersole

Who has the Reason to Homeschool ping list?
This must be reason 99,998 give or take a reason or two.


13 posted on 03/22/2011 7:02:01 PM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Dallas59

As I’ve seen with other children with severe disabilities (one example would be severe anxiety disorder), the school pays for a tutor so the child is provided with an education in their home environment. Why couldn’t the school accomodate her severe disability in her safe home environment providing a tutor? I wonder if her school district has a home school academy that she could be provided the bulk of her education in her home environment and then only in the school 1-2 half days a week


14 posted on 03/22/2011 7:02:21 PM PDT by ebersole
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To: pacpam

I had a girl in my Girl Scout troop with a gluten allergy, and another with diabetes. We made sure they had a snack they could eat during the meeting. We did not have to eliminate all wheat products or sugar from everyone else’s food or bring in the K-9 Officer to search for a cookie with *gasp* wheat flour or icing.

Not that the girls wouldn’t have loved seeing a police dog ...


15 posted on 03/22/2011 7:03:16 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: Tax-chick
If her husband eats a peanut butter sandwich for lunch and kisses her six hours later, after brushing his teeth, she swells up and hyperventilates.

I had a girlfriend who did that to me. Though my reaction was rather instantaneous.

I never realized I was allergic to her.

I guess its a good thing she's an ex-girlfriend.

16 posted on 03/22/2011 7:04:05 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: Dallas59

Where did this peanut allergy thing come from?

When I was a kid, we all ate PB sandwiches and I don’t recall anyone ever swelling up, much less dying.

I know the allergy is quite real but is there any science explaining why?


17 posted on 03/22/2011 7:04:41 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats. /P. J. O'Rourke, 1991)
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To: mountn man

LOL!


18 posted on 03/22/2011 7:04:47 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: Dallas59

The peanut or (fill in the blank) allergy thing is completely out of hand.

On one hand, I despise this whole “accomodate me” mentality.

However, if we are smart, we can parlay this into a deconstruction of the minority mentality and, instead, promote the individual.....the foundation of our God-given rights and the foundation of this nation.


19 posted on 03/22/2011 7:05:57 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: DBrow

Now here we are with peanut sniffing dogs. Gee, what if the PA kid is allergic to DOGS?
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or what if the kid is muslim and feels that dogs are “unclean”?


20 posted on 03/22/2011 7:08:21 PM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: Dallas59

Denying peanuts to all the other kids is not a reasonable accomodation. Peanut products are an excellent source of protein and energy. It’s wrong to deny that to all the other kids just because there’s one kid with an allergy.

A kid with that serious of an allergy needs first and foremost to learn how to live and survive in a world that’s just chock full of peanuts. That... and how to work an Epi-Pen. Without those two skills they will die.


21 posted on 03/22/2011 7:09:58 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: LukeL

“I thought the ADA provided reasonable accommodations?”

I’m not sure that the ADA covers peanut allergies, or at least there are court rulings that say it doesn’t.


22 posted on 03/22/2011 7:10:19 PM PDT by Boogieman (")
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To: Tax-chick
she survived public school in the 1970s,

It's possible that the processing used in making peanut butter is different today or perhaps the chemicals used in growing peanuts.

23 posted on 03/22/2011 7:11:02 PM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: Dallas59

This child will never recover from the emotional scars of being forced to endure public school under these circumstances. How much better for her to be schooled at home, or better yet, with others that suffer from life-threatening allergies. They could learn to cope together instead of facing their challenges with those who, although sympathetic, couldn’t possibly understand what they have to endure.


24 posted on 03/22/2011 7:12:22 PM PDT by Aleya2Fairlie
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To: DBrow
Now here we are with peanut sniffing dogs. Gee, what if the PA kid is allergic to DOGS?

What are they going to do if they discover they have a sniffing dog allergic to peanuts?

25 posted on 03/22/2011 7:12:59 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: Dallas59

Why should everyone suffer ???Home school the Kid, she belongs to them!


26 posted on 03/22/2011 7:17:20 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Dallas59

I can’t wait till the little fantasy world where we can afford EVERYTHING everyone’s little heart desires implodes, and gets it all over us...


27 posted on 03/22/2011 7:17:50 PM PDT by an amused spectator (Islamic law upholds that children born to a Muslim father are automatically Muslim)
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To: Dallas59

School choice/vouchers would be ideal.


28 posted on 03/22/2011 7:20:19 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Defend Liberty

Are the other kids banned from eating peanuts at home too??

How ridiculous will this get?


29 posted on 03/22/2011 7:21:40 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Defend Liberty

“... if one of the children was allergic to dogs?”

Interesting point. A friend of my daughter has asthma and she will have an attack due to dog dander. Your point is very valid.


30 posted on 03/22/2011 7:22:28 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Dallas59

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31 posted on 03/22/2011 7:22:56 PM PDT by fightinJAG (I am sick of people adding comments to titles in the title box. Thank you.)
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To: Dallas59

Poor kid. I can see having a peanut-free lunch table and banning peanut products from her homeroom. Beyond that, quite apart from the inconvenience to everyone else, she needs to learn to live in a world where there are peanuts. Her future workplace won’t make every employee gargle after lunch.

Aren’t there therapies that can lessen severe allergies by exposing patients to microscopic amounts of the substance over time? While she still wouldn’t be able to eat a peanut, I think there are treatments that could get her to where a stray particle wouldn’t kill her. Anyone know?


32 posted on 03/22/2011 7:23:08 PM PDT by FelixFelicis
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To: freedumb2003

This is by no means an authoritative answer to your question, but I can give some information that may be a part. Allergic response is correlated with BMI. the higher the BMI you have the more likely you are to have a response. Thus, you can “develop” allergies, which are really allergies you always had, but only relize after you get heavy. As american are getting heavier, and generally less healthy to boot, I’m sure this is a big part of the problem. I am severly allergic to grass, and mint.

As a kid, grass bothered me, but growing up in the desert it was only a problem when I had to mow the “lawn” (a tiny patch of grass), I’d be sick for days. I normally weigh about 170, but a few years back after a severe accident, I gained almost 25 pounds due to inactivity. For the next year or so, even a mower cutting the lawn outside was enough to send me into a wheezing, hyperventilating death spiral (I’m being dramatic, I know). But after I lost the weight, the grass is still a nuisance, but I’ll be sure to maintain the lower weight from now on (Besides, I didn’t like the other added inconveniences of the extra weight anyway)!

Anyway, I think the rising overweightedness and obesity are heavily (no pun intended), contributing to the problem. Let the kids go out and play!


33 posted on 03/22/2011 7:23:24 PM PDT by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: Tax-chick

See my post at #33.


34 posted on 03/22/2011 7:25:17 PM PDT by JDW11235 (I think I got it now!)
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To: Erik Latranyi

In Vietnam I decided that I had a severe allergy to copper coated lead pills (at least the ones heading my way), so I did all I could to avoid them. I succeeded and never had an “allergic reaction”.

/sarc

If there is something that is life threatening to you then take whatever action necessary to avoid that thing, even something as drastic as (gasp!) home schooling!


35 posted on 03/22/2011 7:29:34 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("All it takes for Evil to triumph is for good MEN to do nothing." Edmund Burke)
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To: Tax-chick

“A “reasonable accommodation” would be making sure there was food available for her that did not include peanuts.”

It’s not “reasonable” to be making food available at taxpayers expense in the first place, but “school lunches” have become another entitlement program.

In any case, her parents are the ones that should be making sure that she has food that she’s not allergic to, not making everyone else change their diet.


36 posted on 03/22/2011 7:34:09 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: Aleya2Fairlie; TigersEye; metmom
My grandson is allergic to peanuts. When my 11 yr old daughter was in school she was friends with a boy who was allergic to peanuts. I was the class mother & we made sure everything we gave the children was free of peanuts or peanut oil. His life was no different then the other kids. As a matter of fact the kids in the class were very good about his problem. It was their parents who were the ones being difficult. They made more of a stink about it then there needed to be. If it was their child they would want every reasonable precaution to be taken too. But they couldn't understand that for some reason...

I home school now & I don't know what my daughter in law will do when the time comes for Matt to go to school. We just do things without peanuts & peanut oil. Matt will not have emotional scars even if he isn't home schooled. He will deal with his allergy like a normal kid would. And I don't think I like your idea of putting all kids who have life threatening allergies together. That right there might scar them.

37 posted on 03/22/2011 7:38:15 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.)
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To: freedumb2003

Peanuts have 16 different kinds of fungus.
the fungus thrives in an acidic environment and nourishes with ingested sugars. Corn has over 20 different kinds of fungus. Shellfish, which are bottom feeders eating rotting corpses and fecal material are loaded with microforms, which can cause an extreme reaction. Put fungus,(candida is a form which travels around the body and is hard to get rid of), bacteria, yeast, or mold(from cheese) in your body, feed these with sugars, (fermentables) or bread, (yeast, dextrose) dairy products,(lactose, sugars) and your body will become a vessel capable of producing weapons of mass destruction. All of this contributes to cancer. Read Dr. Robert Youngs’ book “The PH Miracle” I guarantee a healthy weight loss of 20 lbs.


38 posted on 03/22/2011 7:38:17 PM PDT by usual suspect
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To: freedumb2003

“I know the allergy is quite real but is there any science explaining why?”

I have a theory that it’s related to infant formula.


39 posted on 03/22/2011 7:38:29 PM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: BwanaNdege

IIRC, you actually decided you were allergic to cheap, copper washed steel pills, not lead pills.

;-)

PS Thank you for your defense of America.


40 posted on 03/22/2011 7:39:48 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: Dallas59

Just say NO to Federal funding and these assinine issues go away.


41 posted on 03/22/2011 7:40:35 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: Dallas59

I personally have an allergy to pork products, and have known about it since the 4th grade. My parents and I had NO expectations that others would have to alter their lives to accomodate my allergy, I just learned to say “no thank you” to many many many offers of food. Now the smell of cooking pork nauseates me, but I am surviving quite well, thank you, though I still miss bacon!

I have a co-worker who is allergic to all members of the allium family. No onions, leeks, garlic, anything like that for him. If any of us have onion on our sandwich/in our lunch, he has to leave the room to prevent a reaction. Most of us try to avoid bringing onion but that is wholly voluntary. He has NEVER asked any of us not to bring the food, just warn him if there is some in our lunch.


42 posted on 03/22/2011 7:40:52 PM PDT by Don W (You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze.)
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To: Dallas59

I am not up on the latest electronic gadgets, but to be sure, there is something they could do electronically.....perhaps put a camera in the classroom where this kid can do her work at home on the computer yet she would still be particpating in class. Course, that would be a SIMPLE solution!

If I had a kid in that school, I would be pushing for home schooling ONE child rather than create chaos for every one else in the school.


43 posted on 03/22/2011 7:41:11 PM PDT by bohica1
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To: pandoraou812

simple human compassion should be at work here. dang, we are a fallen people.


44 posted on 03/22/2011 7:41:29 PM PDT by tioga
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To: Dallas59

My youngest daughter is allergic to peanuts. My three other kids are not. We have peanut butter in our house as the other kids love it. My allergic daughter will not eat something if she suspects it might have peanuts in it. No big deal, certainly not worth inconveniencing other people over it.


45 posted on 03/22/2011 7:43:42 PM PDT by coon2000 (Give me Liberty or give me death!)
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To: freedumb2003

My DH is now 83, and he is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. When he was a kid, he thought he was a freak as no one else had an allergy like that. He had to take care of himself — and did.

When our daughter had the same allergy, (she is now 53) she also was the only one in school that had it and again — watched out for herself.

A grandson has the same allergy, but now it is getting so common that it is almost accepted.

I’d love to understand why it has come to be so common.


46 posted on 03/22/2011 7:44:36 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: Dallas59
Peanut Sniffing Dogs

The other day I saw a dog-bomb sniffing dog.

47 posted on 03/22/2011 7:49:48 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: mountn man

“What are they going to do if they discover they have a sniffing dog allergic to peanuts? “


The best laugh I’ve had all day.


48 posted on 03/22/2011 7:51:29 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Exit148
I would like to know too. And why there are so many cases of childhood asthma which is why I began to home school Sassy. All of my grandchildren have some sort of allergies. My one grandson is allergic to grass & doctors advised my daughter to keep him indoors. She gives him a tablespoon of raw honey & he plays outside.
49 posted on 03/22/2011 7:51:34 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.)
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To: Dallas59

Liberalism = sacrifice of the many to benefit the few. This is liberalism. The one child should be accomodating the others, not the other way around. If one of my kids went to that school, I’d send them to school with peanuts every day just to tick off the “authorities”. Screw them - as a taxpayer, I pay their wages.


50 posted on 03/22/2011 7:54:08 PM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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