Food allergy bullying is a serious issue.
Thirty to forty percent of children with serious food allergy have had it ‘thrown in their face’ by classmates, teachers and other school staff. As if the condition itself wasn’t a big enough burden to bear, where meticulous care has to be taken to avoid contact with even trace amounts of allergen, these children face the added threat of allergen exposure being forced on them by bullies. Sabotaged lunch boxes and similar offenses are potentially fatal, and at the very least undermine the allergic child’s sense of security in school environment (Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, Oct, 2010).
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