Central Arkansas schools react to child's peanut butter sandwich confiscated

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    • Peanut butter is causing a controversy at some schools.
    • A teacher confiscated a child's peanut butter and jelly sandwich during lunch in Viola, AR.

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A story out of northern Arkansas has started quite a debate over something as simple as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

    The Area Wide News reports that an elementary school student's peanut butter and jelly sandwich was confiscated in the lunchroom. This happened because at least one child in the class has a severe peanut allergy. The student's mom, a nurse practitioner, thinks students with allergies should learn how to manage the problem as opposed to "live in a bubble."

    It's no secret peanut allergies are on the rise and many schools are working to eliminate the danger altogether. Here in central Arkansas, we visited with some schools to find out what they do to ensure all students have an allergy free day.

    At Pulaski County Special School District, peanuts have been eliminated from all food orders coming into the district.

    Nutrition coordinator Clint Walker says this began a few years ago. "With the increasing risk of allergies, with more students have an allergy to peanut butter and items with peanut butter in them."

    While, the district keeps peanuts out of its kitchen, Walker says they are not eliminated from the lunchroom.

    "Those kids who bring a sack lunch from home that is fine if they have peanut butter and jelly, that is great. We encourage kids to bring a sack lunch from home," says Walker.

    Which was at the heart of the PB&J sandwich ban in Viola. With parents asking should the school create policies that address the needs or wants of one group while ignoring another.

    At Pulaski County schools, Walker says they try to accommodate both sides by keeping a clean lunch room.

    What do you think about the "no peanut" policy? Should schools enforce these rules or should the students self-govern what they eat and the foods they are around? Let us know what you think below in the comments section.

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