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Should allergy protection in schools be a human right? - Jan 17, 2014 24:00

Should allergy protection in schools be a human right?

A food allergy can be a terrifying problem for a young student. CBC Radio's The Current spoke with the Hamilton mom who filed a complaint against her daughter's school with the Human Rights Tribunal and with Chief Psychologist for the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.

Lynne Glover claims that her daughter’s elementary school has discriminated against her in the way officials handled the girl's serious egg and dairy allergies.

Should schools be expected to accommodate for all food allergies?

Earlier this week CBC Hamilton told the story of six-year-old Elodie Glover who has already dealt with nine bouts of anaphylactic shock.

Her mother decided it was too risky to keep her in school and pulled her out.

Glover says the school has failed to follow its own allergy policies and that her daughter is entitled to accommodation for her situation.

She said she understands that "fully understands that a 100 percent dairy and egg free environment is not possible. What most parents would hope for would be an allergy sensitive school."

Should allergy protection in schools be a human right?

The Current also posed the question to Clinton Davis, the Chief Psychologist for the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board. Elodie Glover attends Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Elementary School in Davis's board. While Davis would not comment on the case before the Human Rights Tribunal he said the board does accommodate students with food allergies but that no environment is perfectly safe.

Davis said "I get a little bit uncomfortable when I see a sign on a school that indicates it is a peanut-free environment. There's no such thing."

Listen to the interviews and tell us what you think.