My son was diagnosed with a peanut allergy, following an asthma attack, at age 1
1/2. We were not hyper-helicopter type parents and this was several years ago
before food allergies got the attention they do now. I do remember one
incidence of bullying in school where a classmate rubbed a wrapper from a peanut
containing food on his face. Luckily, he did not have a reaction. But now as i
think back my son was nervous about being around others, even his younger
brother, who were eating peanut butter. One time friends of ours (whose son was
the same age as our son) gave our young son a small Snickers candy bar. At the
time i chalked it up to a mistake, but wondered at times if it was actually
intentional. Either way, our son exacted revenge by vomiting on their
carpet.Schools need to deal with bullying of any type in a serious
manner. I think kids often reflect parental attitudes and the home environment.
Perhaps parents of kids who engage in bullying should be required to learn
about the ways bullying affects victims.Our son, now 27 is still
allergic to peanuts.