Reports show children with allergies are twice as likely to get bullied because they can't eat like the other kids at school. However, bullies are now taking it to a whole new level by forcing allergic kids to contact their allergens. Whether it's putting milk on someones skin, sharing a treat with a peanut hid in it or forcing someone to eat something they're allergic to, this method of bullying is on the rise.
A study out of an Australian university shows that nearly half of kids with allergens are being targeted in these cruel ways.
“There is a lack of respect and understanding around allergies generally and, when it comes to children, there can be an element of jealousy – some don’t like the special attention focused on the food-allergic children." - Maria Said, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia president