I really just want to vent, but who knows- maybe some of you have some good suggestions before I speak to the principal and the district. DD5 was diagnosed with a peanut and tree nut allergy back in May of 2011. I still have nightmares about her first severe reaction- from seeing her little eyes swollen shut and realizing the scratching her mouth was a sign her throat was closing to the hours or hives and gastro issues to the days of random flare ups. Thank G-d she hasn't had a reaction like that since that awful day. She started Kindergarten this past fall and had the misfortune of being paired with a teacher who has 19 yrs of tenure, serious burnout, and no experience with children who have food allergies. We tried to make this very easy for her...DD5 is to have no food unless provided by and/or approved by me or my husband. We told her that all food we send to school would also be tested at home first to further reduce the possiblity of an in school reaction. She also met with the nurse (who has DD5s EpiPen and Benadryl), to get a better understanding of signs to look for with allergic reactions (I also made her a sheet of this info). We were barely a month into the school year and DD5 had two nights of serious gastro reactions, but I couldn't pin point the source. I found out from the teacher that DD5 was jealous of the class snacks, so she gave her some. She assured me that what she provided was safe, but as soon as I saw the packaging I knew she was wrong. It was a brand of animal crackers we quit buying b/c there is a very clear bolded warning about possibly containing traces of peanuts and tree nuts. I wound up talking at length with the assistant principal about this and they set up meetings with the teacher as well as a refresher meeting with the nurse to try and make her "get it." Things looked good for a while, but then they had some big classroom food project. The teacher got attitude with me b/c one of her items was totally unsafe and 5 others presented risks if the wrong variety was purchased. I really didn't care how much she disliked it-I went ahead and provided all of the food for my child for this activity. I mean- why take any chances? Fast forward to last week- right before spring break - I'm packing up DD5's back pack and I find a little ziplock baggie of snacks...ones that I did not provide! At first I figured DD5 was being sneaky and traded off with another classmat, but no- the teacher gave them to her. We had to leave, so I couldn't get the full story; however, I scribbled a note to the teacher reminding her of the precautions- that we'd need to talk further - etc. When I spoke to DD5 about it after school...she informed me that the teacher not only gave them to her, but she insisted she take them. My daughter said she told the teacher that mommy says no, but the teacher still insisted. While I don't think what she was given presents a risk, I can't be certain since I haven't seen the packaging and researched it + on what planet does this teacher think it's OK to force an unapproved food item on my deathly allergic child!!?!?!?!?? The one thing I can't fully get is if this was a one time thing or if it's been happening the whole time. Either way- it just blows my mind that someone so ignorant on allergy issues and fearful of a reaction would be so careless. It almost makes me wonder if it is deliberate. I mean - there have been SOOOOOOOOO many issues with this teacher and her lack of classroom control and common sense - but this goes so far beyond that. I have a call into the district office and am trying to get in to see the principal of the school tomorrow when they come back from break. Just so scared it won't go well.