Survey: Kids with food allergies get bullied at school
More than 30 percent of children with food allergies report being bullied or teased — often repeatedly — because of their eating restrictions, according to survey results published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. For instance, a fifth-grade Pennsylvania boy was taunted at the peanut-free table in the cafeteria, when a classmate waved a granola bar in his face. The boy had experienced allergic reactions in the past as a result of simply touching peanuts or breathing peanut particles, CNN reports. In the majority of allergy-related bullying cases, the new survey found, the abuse is verbal, but at least 40 percent of the time, children are actually touched or threatened with a potentially deadly allergen.
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