So full disclosure. I have a daughter who is allergic to nuts and peanuts.
You have probably heard the story of a mother who is asking that acorn-dropping oak trees in her daughter’s school yard be cut down to protect children with allergies to nuts. If you haven’t, here it is.
This woman is being massacred in the popular media. She has been called a nut-job, a narcissist, crazy, insane and a lunatic,
She has been told to shut up.
She has been told to pull her kids out of school and home-school them.
She has been told to move.
One person suggested that she be tied to an oak tree.
A number of people commented that mothers are responsible for causing their children’s food allergies because they keep their kids in bubble wrap.*
Some scoffed at the idea that bullies will use the acorns to frighten children with nut allergies.
To me it sounds like a whole lot of people are bullying a mom who is just worried about her child. It’s OK to disagree with her and think she is overreacting, but people! These comments are just vile.
So yeah, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the children of some of these commentators are bullying other kids with acorns. And maybe all this helps to explain why bullying won’t go away.
Everyone will pay lip-service to the idea that bullying is bad, but then they see a person that they disagree with and it brings forth a nasty torrent of mean-spiritedness.
Well, then. She obviously deserved it.
* One theory as to why food allergies are on the rise is that children is the hygiene hypothesis http://foodallergies.about.com/od/foodallergybasics/f/hygienehypoth.htm. where it is proposed that allergies arise because children are not exposed to enough dirt growing up. I can assure that my housekeeping skills are nowhere near good enough to cause my daughter’s allergy so you can stop blaming me now.