School bullying is a well-known problem, but one particular type is raising fresh concern. It involves children with food allergies. Students, parents and teachers may not be aware that the consequences can be fatal.
Nearly one-third of students diagnosed with food allergies are bullied at school as a result of their condition.
That is according to a new study by researchers at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Results of the study, involving 251 sets of children and parents, appear in the latest online issue of the Pediatrics medical journal.
Students who are teasing their allergic classmates, by doing such things as putting a peanut in their mouths, do not realize that the body’s immunological reaction to the food can be life threatening.
In the worst scenario, the children go into anaphylactic shock and die.
The New York researchers say as many of 8 percent of children in the United States have been diagnosed with food allergies.