Peanut Butter and Deadly Taunts

It might be tempting for schools to do away with peanuts altogether, but Sheerin, who is also a mother of a child with a tree nut allergy, has different ideas.

"I think it's great that day cares and up to kindergarten are peanut-free," said Sheerin. "But the mall isn't peanut-free, the movies aren't peanut-free, your next door neighbor's house isn't peanut-free. The kids are going to have to learn to deal with it."

Most kids, in fact, want other kids to learn to deal with it, as well.

Sicherer recently gave a survey to about 70 teens, asking what they wished for most in school. The vast majority of teens wanted their peers — not adults — to be educated about food allergies.

"Whenever we talk about kids with food allergies in schools, their friends are a huge influence and can keep them safe," said Anne Munoz-Furlong, founder and CEO of the Food Allergy and Anaphylactic Network.

"We have very often had teenagers tell us that their friends are their body guards, their friends are their eyes and ears."

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