Apparently some public school parents in Florida, want a first-grade girl with life-threatening peanut allergies removed from the classroom and home-schooled.
To protect the girl, students in her class at Edgewater Elementary School are required to wash their hands before entering the classroom in the morning and after lunch, and rinse out their mouths, Wait said, and a peanut-sniffing dog checked out the school during last week’s spring break.
As a mother I would do anything to protect my child and I am sympathetic to those who will do anything to keep their kids from harms way.
On the other hand, I would never demand that everyone who might come in contact with my child refrain from doing something that is harmless to most of the population.
I have read many comments on this story and some people went on to say that it was crazy that parents where complaining about their kids having to wash their hands. I honestly think these people don’t truly understand said parents’ point of view on this matter. It is not that the kids are asked to wash their hands, kudos to whoever can keep those little hands cleans! But it has more to do with expecting everybody to change for just one person.
And has anyone put thought into how many hours this takes out of the school’s agenda? I mean, think of it, 1 teacher, 30 students from both sexes and, lets say, 3 sinks and lots of hyper kids coming in from recess. That will easily take 30 minutes out of class a day.
I find her parents a bit selfish. Instead of demanding others to change for their daughter they have to teach her how to survive by her own. Yes, having the classmates and teachers take precautions is one thing but putting the pressure on only them is unrealistic. What is going to happen when this little girl goes to college? What is she going to do when she gets a job? I doubt work policies would change to accommodate her. Think from the point of view of a business owner, if an applicant comes in with demands that require others to not do X or Y for them to take the job, the employer will go to the next best option that is not going to make such requirements.
In the end, I think that I would never make such demands. I would instead limit the possibility of exposure of my kids to the best of my ability without asking others to make sacrifices for them. It is my duty to protect their lives and make sure they grow up healthy. My boys safety is MY responsibility and not everyones.