Situation Food Allergy: 'Please don't put him in my son's class next year'
Situation Food Allergy. Would you call the principal?
BLOG POST #101 — Your son comes home the last day of third grade with the biggest smile on his face.
“I got Mr. Baker next year for homeroom!” he shouts as he walks in the door. “Mr. Baker is the best! The best! Yes!”
He shows you his schedule: Mr. Baker. Grade 4.
“It’s going to be the greatest homeroom ever next year!" he says with the excitement of a third grader on the last day of school. "Plus we all eat lunch together every day!”
He begins to list the names of all the classmates who also got Mr. Baker. And that’s when your excitement turns to horror.
Bobby Charles also has Mr. Baker. The same Bobby Charles who had demonstrated time and time again this past school year a complete lack of understanding of the seriousness of your son’s dairy allergy. The same Bobby Charles who would “Moooo” every time your son walked past. The same Bobby Charles who "accidentally" spilled a carton of milk all over the cafeteria floor by the exit doors… who "accidentally" opened a bag of cheese curls too quickly forcing its contents to fly through the air near your son.
He’s a bully. He has no parental support. And he shouldn’t be around your son. And that’s what you told the principal when you met with her last year.
In fact, you specifically had a discussion last month with the principal and asked her not to put Bobby Charles and your son in the same homeroom next year. And while the principal told you that district policy prohibits parents from requesting homerooms, you thought the principal would still do the right thing.
You were wrong. What do you do?
JJ Vulopas is a rising senior at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for young people, JJ has lived with food allergies his entire life. He is the author of the children's book, Land of Not. You can read his daily blog at www.thelandofcan.com and follow him @thelandofcan on Twitter and Instagram.