Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches Banned in School — Going to Far for Allergy Safety?

In a school in Viola, Arkansas, parents are questioning a new policy against peanuts-containing products that resulted in one student’s lunch being confiscated.  That’s right, one boy’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich was taken from him.  The teacher took the sandwich then helped the student get a new lunch while sending home a note to the boy’s mom explaining why the sandwich was disposed of.

Deadly weapon or classic American grub?

We’ve all seen the little warning on products that indicate that something or other was produced in a facility that also handles peanuts.  Peanut allergies are all the rage these days.  In fact, the CDC says that kids with peanut allergies is up by 18 percent over the last decade.  No word on why this spike is happening, but they now estimate that one in every 25 children may have a peanut allergy.  But is it okay for the school to ban peanut-containing lunches altogether just because some students might be allergic to it?  That is the question.  Parents have banded together to speak out against the ban.

It’s a pretty predictable debate.  Parents with children with peanut allergies don’t see the rule as being too heavy-handed.  Those that don’t generally think the rule is ridiculous.

At the end of the day, wouldn’t it make more sense to prohibit students from sharing lunches with one another than to ban a substance that a few might be allergic to?  If everyone ate the lunch they were supposed to and didn’t partake in any one else’s, wouldn’t that effectively solve the problem?  But no, as is so often the case in situations like this, instead of choosing an obvious course of action that would solve the problem not just for peanut allergies but all such situations, they choose to make an overly specific rule that only benefits a few people.  This is part of the politically correct movement that is America these days.  They are terrified of offending anyone, so they offend everyone.

One parent made a good point.  There are autistic children out there with certain unexplained prejudices.  What if an autistic child will only eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch?  Do we now make a special provision within the peanut-ban rule for that student so that he can have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and no one else can?  Slippery slope concept rears its ugly head again.  Why not make a rule that addresses the problem completely rather than make silly rules that only benefit a few while discriminating against many?

Why is this a major news story on a conspiracy theory site?  That’s an easy one.  Because this story doesn’t seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but if you really think about it, it is a microcosm of what is happening on a larger scale in America.  In government, in schools, in law, in corporate America business, and even in religion.