Saturday, March 12, 2011

Intolerance or Love - You Choose

For those of you who did not see my FB post this week about the little girl in Florida and the parents protesting because their children have to take extra steps to prevent an allergic reaction, let me share with you a brief history so that I may provide you an update.

Earlier this week, parents of children in a Florida Elementary School protested and picketed because their children have to wash their hands and rinse their mouths before going into a classroom. At this school, there is six year old girl who is deathly allergic to peanuts. Per the doctors recommendations, the teacher has the c hildren wash their hands and rinse their mouths before entering the classroom. This is to prevent cross-contamination in case one of the non-allergic children ate a food which contained a peanut product.

This story has been plastered all over the news, the family has been threatened, the little girl can not return to her school and they have not been well-represented in the media.

THE UPDATE: A fellow blogger,, has been keeping the allergic community abreast of the situation. She is in direct contact with the allergic family in an effort to provide support. Here is the most recent update via her website:

A Little More Education by has some clear suggestions for those of us who would like to show our support for this family and this cause.

Take time to read this, spread the word, and pray for this family. This could be any of our children. What is your angel's weakness? Is it allergies? Maybe your angel has a short attention span and needs to sit at the front of the class, forcing others to sit behind? Perhaps your child sometimes makes poor behavioral decisions and the teacher takes class time to correct it? Does this mean that you will be next? Where does the intolerance end and where does the love begin?

I know my answer to that question. What's yours?


  1. My Dear Friend do you know the school policy for your school and school district. I pray and hope that you, your husband and your angel do not have to face ANY of these battles

    I have three letters sitting on my desk waiting for envelopes. The emails where being rejected.

    Upon further investigation I found that the Florida Schools DO NOT have to adapt allergy specific policies. See comments on A Little More Education by (one was anonymous the other a concerned friend both are me)

  2. This story has made me so very sad. I can't imagine having to go throught a situation like this. I pray that other parents stop making life more difficult for this little girl.
    Allergy Mum -

  3. This is such a sad story, my heart goes out to that little girl and her parents.