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Mom wants city oaks torn down to protect kids with nut allergies

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Even 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!” exclaimed 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.

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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.

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  1. Nutjob

    November 14th, 2012

    1 word for her.

    Nutjob!

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  2. Bad Brad

    November 14th, 2012

    Yea, I can’t follow that. I guess they’re related. LOL

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  3. grayscape

    November 14th, 2012

    Why do progressive fascists hate trees?

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  4. jclady

    November 14th, 2012

    Yep, Nutjob, you’re right. She’s a total nutjob!!!!

    So here’s a question for all the IOTW peeps — I’m in my 50s and never dealt with any kids with “nut allergies” growing up.

    My kids didn’t encounter this when they were in school.

    Why do you think we now have this “epidemic” of nut allergies?

    Something smells fishy.

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  5. Nutjob

    November 14th, 2012

    Why do progressive fascists hate trees?

    Because they’re made up of carbon, and carbon is evil!

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  6. old_oaks

    November 14th, 2012

    This is why I bring a big bag of peanuts in the shell on an airplane, I’ve been waiting for one of these nut freaks to breakout… Haven’t seen one yet!

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  7. Nutjob

    November 14th, 2012

    Why do you think we now have this “epidemic” of nut allergies?

    Because they want us all eating and grazing on nothing but grass to save mother earth.

    Isn’t it funny how most of these shitstains don’t believe in God or a diety…..but motherearth, ouija boards and psychics, well thats differant.

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  8. Lisl

    November 14th, 2012

    If someone has an allergy they have an allergy, and I wouldn’t do anything to try to tempt it. However, it really irkls me when it becomes everyone else’s problem: no perfume, no peanut products of any type, etc. This peanut one really got my goat when my son was in pre-school, because he himself had two allergies and so I just made him other things, such as PB & J, which he loved. Then one day it is suddenly forbidden because of a kiddo who just breathing it could kill him.

    Are you serious? How are these people ever going to exist in the real world? Are they going to go around demanding everyone get out of their way and clear the path of everything everyone else likes? If an allergy is THAT bad I am sorry they have to endure it, but why should everyone else have to suffer?

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  9. Carlos The Jackal

    November 14th, 2012

    Nut allergy?
    Just stay the hell away from her!

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  10. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    November 14th, 2012

    “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.”

    LOL. Riiiight. Now kids will be chasing each other with peanuts on a stick on the playground.

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  11. old_oaks

    November 14th, 2012

    Get up there paw and beat that ox up the hill!

    I can’t maw, the peanuts got me!

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  12. AbigailAdams

    November 15th, 2012

    Ever hear of an Epipen? Anyone who has a life-threatening, chronic allergy should know how to use one. This mother is negligent if she’s so worried about her child’s allergies yet hasn’t instructed him/her how to take care of him/herself.

    If allergists say that a kid would have eat the nuts, she is pathologically neurotic to think the trees have to go.

    My granddad had a saying: “It doesn’t take all kinds to make the world go ’round. We’ve just got ‘em.”

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  13. MaryfromMarin

    November 15th, 2012

    I’m allergic to some pollens. So, I demand that all flowering plants be destroyed, wherever I go–or could theoretically go, which means everywhere–for the rest of my life.

    Oh, and all pictures of flowering plants will have to be destroyed too–everywhere, as detailed above–as the mere sight of them could trigger my anxiety.

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  14. MaryfromMarin

    November 15th, 2012

    Y’all should be thankful that I’m not afraid of the water. Or people.

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  15. Unruly Refugee

    November 15th, 2012

    They should be more concerned about protecting the kids from the perverts in the liberal education system. You can’t eat an acorn without going through the long process of blanching it. The taste of a raw acorn right off the tree would keep any kid from eating it.
    You can make good flour from acorns if you know how to do it right.

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  16. cfm990

    November 15th, 2012

    What about the squirrels? Will no one champion the cause of the noble Tree Rat?

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  17. Carl Linnaeus, rolling in his grave in Uppsala Cathedral

    November 15th, 2012

    Peanuts: Fabaceae with a b
    Oak trees: Fagaceae with a g

    Not related, dumskalle!

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  18. Hedgehog

    November 15th, 2012

    Just saying the word “School” and using the term “Nut free facility” in the same sentence is a stretch.

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  19. Ten Megaton

    November 15th, 2012

    ACORN

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  20. Mountain Dog

    November 15th, 2012

    “We now have to fear school-aged children munching on yard debris.”

    Fear the Mooch, she’s the reason school-aged children are starving enough to eat yard garbage.
    Feed the Children.

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  21. MrsGilbertCracker

    November 15th, 2012

    She’s just a nut looking for a squirrel….. (that is another saying of mine, btw) :D

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  22. grayjohn

    November 15th, 2012

    Find another school moonbitch.

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  23. Xavier

    November 15th, 2012

    I’m allergic to liberals, and I suspect many others are undiagnosed victims. Can someone pass a law to protect us?

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  24. Team America in mourning

    November 15th, 2012

    Love the pic, fur. That man’s nuts, grab ‘em.

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  25. Noodengr

    November 15th, 2012

    JCLADY I am with you, age wise and thinking wise.
    None of my classmates dropped dead from someone eating a PB&J next to them in my school years.
    There is something fishy going on when wholesome natural foods like peanuts are banned for everyone to possibly save one from some allergy that did not even exist a generation or two ago.

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  26. Maudie N Mandeville

    November 15th, 2012

    But what do the allergic children do when they see her coming?

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