Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 1 May 2011, Question 3
I answered a question on peanut bans on Philosophy in Action Radio on 1 May 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Are peanut bans in schools immoral? In particular, do restrictions on certain types of food in schools (such as peanuts due to a known peanut allergy) infringe on the rights of the parents of the non-allergic kids to determine the type of diet their children follow? Are the parents of the non-allergic kids making an immoral sacrifice by following the 'no-peanut' rules? What about parents who choose to ignore the rule and send the food to school anyway? Would this scenario be any different in a private school versus a government school?
My Answer, In Brief: For school to ban peanuts due to serious allergy of student is morally right and proper, because it's the most simple and effective means of eliminating a major risk to life and health of a kid in its care.
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