The great peanut panic of 2009
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
Though peanut allergies are ominously on the rise, Laura Bennett, writing in The Daily Beast while wearing sunglasses, questions whether over-anxious parents are demonizing the nut for honorable reasons:
Our children are now being taught that a classmate might die right in front of them if they bring PB&J for lunch. Where were these kids when we were in school?
A Massachusetts school district recently evacuated a school bus of ten-year-old passengers after a stray peanut was found on the floor. not an unclaimed backpack that could contain a bomb, not a mysterious white powdered substance—a peanut. There are parents with legitimate concerns, but I also believe there are a few people needlessly involved in the peanut panic. Here in New York City, the land of Alpha Parenting, every now and then I encounter a parent who is determined to have a child who is special in some way—any way—that keeps them dependent. What better way to have a child strapped to you for life than to have a life threatening allergy. It’s a kind of Munchausen’s by Peanut.”
(via Project Rungay—thanks to Marjorie Ingall, executive director of unhinged paranoia at the PBH Institute on Montague Street)