A six-year-old Florida girl could get kicked out of school for having a peanut allergy. No, this isn't an April Fools joke. Some parents want this girl taken out of her public school and homeschooled because they are dissatisfied with the new school rules meant to protect the youngster.
The school's principle says the allergy is a disability and instilled rules such as requiring everyone to wash their hands before entering the classroom and after lunch and requiring students to rinse their mouths after eating. A dog was even brought into the school to sniff out peanuts.
Both parties seem to have let things get completely out of control. First, allergies are no more a disability than other medical conditions. If a peanut allergy is a disability then why isn't diabetes or asthma?
Secondly, why kick the girl out of school when a simple revision of the rules would be much better? Just ban all peanuts and peanut products from school grounds. This would eliminate the need for the hand washing and the mouth rinsing.
What is your opinion on this issue? Who should make concessions, the school or the girl's family?