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Mum is slammed by hundreds of parents after refusing to follow a simple school lunchbox rule 

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An Australian mum has been slammed over her ‘annoyance’ at a simple school lunchbox rule – even though it could save a child’s life.

The mum wrote online that she was ‘struggling’ not to feel ‘annoyed’ after being told to label her child’s lunch, or send a note if she packed dairy, eggs or nuts.

She went on to say there is a child in the prep classroom who has severe allergies and will ‘react immediately’ even to trace amounts of the products.

An Australian mum has been slammed over her 'annoyance' at a simple school lunchbox rule - even though it could save a child's life (stock image)

An Australian mum has been slammed over her ‘annoyance’ at a simple school lunchbox rule – even though it could save a child’s life (stock image)

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‘I feel like taping a permanent piece of paper to his lunch to say that A: he will have dairy, like a cheese sandwich or yogurt, he will have crackers that contain traces of nuts and maybe eggs from time to time,’ she wrote.

But the young woman was slammed by mums for the question – and told she was putting kids at risk with her ignorance.

‘If you don’t put the allergen advice on the lunchbox you will be responsible if anything happens to that child,’ one angry mum said.

‘If it was your child how would you feel? This is a matter of life and death, not a matter of ‘being annoyed’,’ said another. 

‘I hope you are not feeling too attacked. I don’t think you are annoyed at ‘putting a note on the food’ but perhaps you will feel, and be, responsible if something was to happen because of this,’ said another.

‘It takes one minute to write a note, they aren’t telling you not to give your son these things – they are telling you to tell them if he brings something deadly into the classroom.’  

The mum wrote online that she was 'struggling' not to feel 'annoyed' after being told to label her child's lunch, or send a note if she packed dairy, eggs or nuts (stock image)

The mum wrote online that she was ‘struggling’ not to feel ‘annoyed’ after being told to label her child’s lunch, or send a note if she packed dairy, eggs or nuts (stock image)

She went on to say there is a child in the prep classroom who has severe allergies and will 'react immediately' even to trace amounts of the products (stock image)

She went on to say there is a child in the prep classroom who has severe allergies and will ‘react immediately’ even to trace amounts of the products (stock image)

But others told the mum to ignore the negative comments – and said she was brave to bring up the issue.

‘Ignore the negative comments, as a parent of a child with special needs I can understand how difficult it may be for parent’s of ‘normal’ kids to understand,’ one woman said.

The original poster said the note was sent home by the class teacher as a ‘courtesy’ to all parents.

She said her friends asked if the child would have an allergic reaction if her son ate eggs in the morning or if they played in the school yard where children from another class, with trace amounts of the products on their hands, also played.

She also asked for parents of kids with allergies to come forward and help educate her on the issue.

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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