A Viola, Ark., boy had his homemade peanut butter and jelly sandwich was taken away from him because of his schools ban on peanut products. When the boy’s mother posted about her outrage on Facebook, the world exploded.
Well at least the digital world. A huge outcry over ‘lunchtime rights’ and rules to protect kids left many people on a Facebook discussion page angry over all the rules and begging for common sense.
The boy, Jenkins Clifton-Jones, had his PB&J sandwich removed from his lunch and then was given a note to take home explaining the school’s no-peanuts policy. A policy that has been active at the school for six years to protect students who might have severe nut allergies.
“The policy is in place to protect those with a severe, life-threatening problem,” Viola School Superintendent John R. May told the Area Wide News. “Until we figure out something else, it would be foolish to drop the policy.”
When Clifton-Jones’ mother took to Facebook to discuss the sensibility of the ban it caused such an uproar that it spurred it’s own page; dubbed “School Nut Ban Discussion. People with children with nut allergies defending the rule to people speaking about freedom have joined the discussion.
May has promised that the school’s Wellness Committee will take a look the the rules to see if something needs to be changed.