Another Food Allergy Tragedy: Ammaria Johnson


There are many posts out there already in the Food Allergy community about a tragedy involving a peanut allergy that happened only yesterday in Richmond Virginia.  I won’t rehash the details, but I would like to provide some links to articles that are worth reading:

I felt the need to post because we obviously need to reach beyond the Food Allergy community.  If you’re reading this, I ask you to reblog, repost, tweet, +1, post your thoughts about the situation, repost one or all of the above articles, tell your friends and neighbors… use social media and good old fashioned word of mouth to spread the word.

This issue is bigger than the bullying, bigger than the politics, bigger than “my kid needs his peanut butter sandwich”.

SCHOOLS NEED TO HAVE EPI-PENS ON SITE, AND NURSES, TEACHERS, STAFF MUST BE PERMITTED TO ADMINISTER THEM.

There is no longer an excuse for anything getting in the way of this.  This is not a single isolated incident kind of thing any longer.

From WTVR:

“She has an allergy action plan at the school,” said Pendleton, which authorizes the school to give her Benadryl during a reaction. “They didn’t do that,” she said.

At the beginning of this school year, the mother said she tried to give the clinical aid an Epipen for emergencies, but she was declined and told to keep it at home.

According to Chesterfield County School policy parents are supposed to provide the school medication for children with allergies.

This is unacceptable.

Write to your senator now.  Write all of your elected officials frequently.  Ask them to endorse a bill like this, or any bill that comes up on the issue.

Administering a dose of epinephrine is not a 100% guaranteed life-saver, but imagine if lifeguards in school pools were asked not to administer CPR for drowning children?  We sure as hell need to do something.

If it’s your thing, please pray for the family, the teachers, students, emergency responders, and medical staff involved.

What are you waiting for?  Read those articles, & re-post now!

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16 responses to “Another Food Allergy Tragedy: Ammaria Johnson

  1. Thank you for this. It’s tragic and I find myself still in tears at times about it. Too close to home for me.

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    • I’ve said it before, but I can’t imagine having to look after a child with food allergies. It’s difficult to fend for myself. You have to have 100% trust (or faith) in everyone responsible for your child whether it’s education, coaches, youth groups, friends’ parents, or the plethora of others that may come into contact with them. Food Allergy parents are real life super heroes.

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  2. R.I.P. Ammaria, let’s make sure this doesn’t happen to any other kids.

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  3. …seems like the school is saying they didn’t have the epi-pen & it was the parents’ fault, and the mother is saying she tried to give them the epi pen but was denied.

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  4. You are absolutely right. This is unacceptable in every way. There is no excuse, and every school needs to be prepared.

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  6. Ammaria Johnson is of African origin. Her last name is not of African origin, but her last name, that her ancestors took from landowners. Her real African name is lost.

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