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An Allergic Reaction

March 8, 2012 Katie Kocijanski 0

Beware of the heart-shaped box: for some students, these confections can be lethal. Heather Hewett, associate professor of English and Women’s Studies, explores the subject of allergies in “When Valentine’s Day is dangerous for kids,” her recently published article on CNN. “It’s an opinion essay arguing that we need to make schools safe for kids with food allergies,” said Hewett. She said her inspiration came from the death of 7-year-old Ammaria Johnson in January. Johnson died of an allergic reaction to a peanut. Her Chesterfield, Va. school did not give her any medication. Ammaria’s death could have been prevented by epinephrine, a form of adrenaline, Hewett said. […]