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PROPOSAL TO BAN PEANUTS IN SCHOOL IS ABSURD

As a college student and future teacher, I need to respond to The News article about Vincent LoPresti, the 3-year-old from Grand Island who is allergic to peanuts. I feel that banning peanuts and all peanut-based products from the school the boy will attend is completely absurd. I sympathize with the family and the ordeal they are going through, but it is not realistic to have a complete ban. Even school officials think such a ban would be difficult to implement and enforce.

After talking with several colleagues, I feel the best alternative would be to have Vincent eat in the school's health office or in his classroom, where he wouldn't be in danger. Also, all school staff should be made aware of his severe allergies to prevent any reaction.

I found the statement by the boy's father that the school district is "fighting something they're going to lose anyway . . . I'll take this to the Supreme Court if I have to" to be childish and unnecessary. Having an attitude like that is not going to help the situation.

Nick Mangione
Cheektowaga

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