Broward County, Florida -- A first-grade student at Edgewater Elementary School on the East Coast of Florida is struggling with a rare life-threatening peanut allergy, and it's causing a controversy among her classmates' parents. Tracey Bailey the girl's mother says her 6-year-old will stop breathing and die if she's around peanuts. Her daughter's condition affects only 2% of the population. Because of the condition, first-graders at the school are required to wash their hands and rinse out their mouths to avoid bringing peanut particles into the classroom. "I don't think my child should have to rinse her mouth out three times a day. Nine times out of 10, peanut butter is not coming out of her mouth," said Carrie Starkey, whose daughter is a classmate of the girl. Another parent says the teachers are walking on eggshells around the girl. In a letter sent in August, Edgewater's Principal informed parents that the girl "has very severe reactions to even the slightest exposure." The letter stated that the girl can be affected simply by sitting at a table with someone who has a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or being touched by someone who has eaten a product containing nuts. Parents said they feel their children are being stripped of their classroom rights and the girl's condition also prevents students from having holiday parties in the classroom with outside food. "They shouldn't have to lose out on what they should be able to experience at school," Starkey said. Parents said all the rules are taking time out of the learning process, and they protested Thursday morning outside the school with signs. "On average, it's probably a good 30 minutes taken out of the day. That's my child's education. Thirty minutes could be a whole subject," Starkey said. The girl's father, David Bailey, admitted the condition is an inconvenience. The Baileys apologize for the disruptions, but said it's their job to protect their child. "I would love everything to be normal and everyone else to have a normal life," Bailey said.
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There are some schools that don't allow peanuts at all because of allergies, My daughters school has a peanut free table in the lunch room.
Do I think they are going a bit overboard...... yes a little but washing their hands has other benefits like keeping germs at bay, the rinsing the mouth out seems a little excessive.
There are so many battles that you can chose to fight with a school about issues...... This wouldn't be one that I would chose to fight. Better to be safe then have a dead child.
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