Food allergy bullying is common among food allergy kids. In fact, more than a third of children and teens have been bullied about their allergies. Many of these cases of bullying involved threats with the food. (For example, trying to make the person touch or eat their allergen.) Over half of the kids who were bullied never told their parents, making it much more difficult to put an end to the bullying.
Luckily, I never had many issues with bullying. In elementary school, there were some kids who thought it was funny to dangle their PBJs near me, or offer to share their peanut candy with me. I would calmly and politely ask them to not do such things. These were wonderful opportunities to remind them that “yes, I am allergic to nuts”, “no, I cannot touch peanut butter”, and “yes, I can actually die from this”. That last one usually worked- none of my classmates wanted me to die, or even go to hospital from a reaction. Not all allergy kids are as lucky as I was. Food allergy bullying is NOT a joke. Please watch and share the below video!
Food Allergy Bullying: It’s Not a Joke PSA (Full Version)
Video from FARE