“For years the school has held a pancake breakfast for Shrove Tuesday using nut-free pancake mix, but last year the school decided to switch to a more flavourful brand that has a weaker guarantee of being nut-free, said Morano.
“‘When some parents of allergic children complained, the school cancelled the pancake breakfast altogether, which led one little girl to tell my daughter “I hate you!” because of her allergy,’ said Morano.
“The Ontario Human Rights Commission does not confirm details of complaints, but both sides are said to be in mediation with commission staff to seek a solution.
“Cable noted schools already comply with ‘Sabrina’s law,’ a requirement that Ontario schools have a formal plan for handling severe allergies. (…)
“Lunches may not be shared, baked goods are banned at school events and severely allergic children take buddies when they go to the washroom.”
After my lupus diagnosis, I read a lot about the history of chronic illnesses. From sensitive would-be poets mimicking the symptoms of TB to the fibromyalgia craze of the 1990s, you’d be amazed at the role hysteria (and yes, fashionability) plays in modern epidemiology, and how many “illnesses” can be put down to the morbid fantasies of bourgeois females with too much time on their hands and a fear of sex.
(Men are not immune, if you’ll pardon the pun. Take the gay “bug party” phenomenon. It’s cool to have AIDS, after all. They make prize winning plays and movies about it. You get to be a hero of sorts, the center of attention, withering away in your lovingly appointed hospice room…)