Ever since an Ontario mother launched a campaign to have the oak trees near her kids’ school cut down, arguing that falling acorns endanger children with severe allergies, mommy bloggers have been calling her nuts.
“Apparently, making schools nut-free facilities isn’t enough!” exlaimed cafemom.com. “We now have to fear school-aged children munching on yard debris.”
Donna Giustizia, appearing before the city of Vaughan, insisted that acorns dispersing from oaks on city-owned property next to St. Stephen Catholic Elementary School gave students at the nut-free facility “a false sense of security,” the Star reports.
The mere sight of acorns could trigger anxiety in an allergic child, she said, while the nuts themselves could be used by other students “to bully and torment children.”
But a child would have to be forced to eat the bitter nuts to have an allergic reaction, allergists say.
“I’m not aware of any reports of children having an anaphylactic reaction upon contact with acorns, so I’m not sure what the risk really is,” said Maria Asper, a pediatric allergist at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.