Don't Ban Peanuts

There are better ways for schools and parents to protect children who suffer a deadly allergy

A school system in upstate New York faces a year 2000 problem that has nothing to do with computers. Last month a couple living in Grand Island gave their local elementary school two years in which to rid itself of peanuts. Why? So their three-year-old son, who suffers from a severe allergy to peanuts, won't be exposed to peanut butter, peanut oil or even "peanut dust" when he enters kindergarten in the fall of 2000. This demand for a peanut ban has divided the community and placed school officials in a tough spot. Can't they accommodate this child's disability without depriving...