UPDATED: Recently, this picture of a Melbourne kindergarten student after an anaphylaxis reaction has been making its way around the Internet:
Comparison image via ABC Online.
Five-year-old Amelie King was exposed to peanuts at school on Monday morning after coming into contact with a child who had been eating the food. When she was called to pick her child up from school early, Amelie’s mum Joanne assumed that Amelie must have been injured in the playground, and couldn’t believe when she saw that her child was undergoing a mild reaction.
Joanne posted the picture on Facebook with the caption: “Should a parent have to fear their child dying on the first day of school?”
In my opinion if you send your child to school with nuts in their lunch box when you know there are children in their class that have severe nut allergies and you’ve been informed that the classroom is a nut free zone; then you are a reckless, selfish and dangerous individual.
Usually I attempt to present my opinion in a calm and informed manner with respect shown to the opposite view point.
Not this time bitches, not this time.
I was chatting with a friend and she was telling me about some of her Facebook “friends” who post pictures of the healthy lunches they pack for their kids. (Seriously that kind of showing off is unnecessary. I mean well done, but ugh.)
In one mother’s picture, homemade peanut butter was on display. To some parents that peanut butter looked like a time consuming pretentious condiment, but to others it looked like a bowl of rat poison. Those “others” were the parents of the kids who have severe peanut allergies. And from what I can gather, a shit storm broke out in the comments section and the mother responded with some absolute crap about how her kid’s school is progressive and teaches students not to share their food.
Riiiiight. I feel so much better now. Because you can totally trust a bunch of 6-12 year olds to do what they are told. Unless every child is monitored with a hand cuff that releases a small electric shock whenever they attempt to share a delicious bite-sized nutella satchel – I am not buying the “progressive” bullshit.