Food Allergies and Bullying

I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t worry about my food-allergic sons 100 percent of the time they’re away from me. Back when they were preschoolers, I worried that someone would offer them a cookie with walnuts and they wouldn’t know enough to say “no.”

We’ve had a few close calls involving well-meaning adults trying to convince our boys that a cupcake is safe when it was, in fact, not safe. But we’ve done our best to teach them “better safe than sorry.” And we've taught them to trust almost nobody when it comes to food.

But now I read about rotten twerps who bully kids with food allergies. We’re not just talking about teasing food-allergic kids; we’re talking about forcing kids to eat, for example, a peanut. Nice.

Please let your children know that doing this type of thing can kill a child. No exaggeration. If they see or hear anything, they need to say something. Please.

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