A Nut-Ban is NUTS!

By: Megan Dorogi and Rachel Lowrie

It is one thing to take a food that is a major allergen away from children, such as middle schoolers and primary students. It makes sense to take it away in parts of the school where kids may not know better or are not as cautious of their allergy and could suffer major reactions. However, does it make sense to take it away in the high school? Aren’t high schoolers old enough to know how allergic they are and what precautions they need to take in order to stay as far away from nuts as they need to?

There are many people who are allergic to a variety of different ingredients throughout the HB community, but we can’t take them all out of the lunchroom. Each person knows what they can and cannot eat, and whenever there are potential allergens in the main courses, there are signs at the front of the line to inform students of the ingredients used to prepare the food. There are some students who are vegetarians or don’t eat meat and get their protein from things such as peanut butter, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is always a good alternative for the picky eater. Because high schoolers sometimes bring in their own food, and seniors with privileges can leave and bring back their own food, the threat may even still be there. Ultimately, people could just bring in their own peanut butter which makes the “nut ban” useless to the upper school. It is for these reasons that the potential ban of peanuts in the upper school is just NUTS!