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Parents, Schools Step Up Efforts To Combat Food-Allergy Bullying

Up to 32 percent of kids with food allergies have been taunted with foods that make them sick. Schools are moving beyond allergy awareness and "nut-free zones" to address this dangerous behavior.
Making food allergy awareness part of the curriculum may help prevent bullies from using these foods as a threat. Source: Janice Chang for NPR

Bullying takes many forms, but when it involves a food that triggers severe allergies, it could be potentially deadly.

Once, when Brandon Williams, a 16-year-old from Kentucky, was on a trip with his bowling team, his teammate decided to eat some food from McDonald's on Williams' bed. One item had so much mayonnaise that it dripped onto Williams' bed and jacket. But for Williams, who was diagnosed with a life-threatening egg allergy when he was one, it was a potentially dangerous situation. "I told the person not to eat on my

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