Target: U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan
Goal: Urge schools to teach students about food allergies to prevent bullying of students with food allergies
Recent research has shown that children with food allergies often experience bullying at school, where some of their classmates attempt to expose them to the allergens that have life-threatening effects on the child.
One example, given by the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center Chief of Allergy and Immunology Division Robert Wood, tells of a child with a severe milk allergy who went into anaphylaxis because a classmate had spit milk at the child’s face through a straw. Wood said that he had encountered numerous reports of food allergy bullying and believes that one-third of children with food allergies are bullied because of these allergies.
Many children may not understand the severity of their classmates’ food allergies and as a result may not understand the consequences of their actions. Thus, education about the implications of food allergies is essential to helping children understand their peers’ medical conditions and to protect the well-being of allergic children.
By signing this petition you will help urge the U.S. Department of Education to push for food allergy education in schools so that kids will be better informed about life-threatening conditions and to make better choices based on this knowledge.
Dear Mr. Duncan,
Recently I read about a rising number of cases where children with severe allergies have been targeted by their peers for bullying. This is a serious situation since these children’s lives are being threatened by classmates who don’t understand the fatal consequences of their actions.
I believe we need to educate students about food allergies and their implications so that students can make better choices based on the knowledge they gain. It can help students better understand and sympathize with their peers, and it can prevent children from putting their peers into grave danger when originally just trying to pull a small joke.
Furthermore, kids with food allergies will benefit from these education classes because it helps them understand their bodies and how to deal with their medical problems. It can also help them realize that they are not alone in this situation. By bringing this topic into the classroom, students will realize that allergies are not something to be ashamed about or need to hide.
[Your Name here]
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