Bullies are using a small but powerful weapon to torment allergic kids

Food allergies affect an estimated 15 million Americans, including 6 million children, according to Food Allergy Research & Education. The prevalence of food allergies among children rose to 5.1 percent in 2009-2011 from 3.4 percent in 1997-1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bullying, harassing and teasing of children with food allergies seems “common, frequent, and repetitive,” concluded a 2010 study that surveyed 353 food-allergic teens, adults and the parents of food-allergic children.

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VIDEO: Southridge Suns reflect on season

After losing to Gig Harbor 5-1 in the state championship game, Southridge baseball coach Tim Sanders and players Mason Martin, Wyatt Hull and Jake Harvey talk about what it took to make it to the title game, and what it means for seasons to come.
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VIDEO: Southridge Suns reflect on season 2:25

VIDEO: Southridge Suns reflect on season

Hanford's Joe Gauthier talks about his performance at state and his senior season 0:55

Hanford's Joe Gauthier talks about his performance at state and his senior season

Highlights from the 2A/3A/4A state track championships in Tacoma 0:42

Highlights from the 2A/3A/4A state track championships in Tacoma

Highlights from Day 2 of the 2A/3A/4A state track meet 1:03

Highlights from Day 2 of the 2A/3A/4A state track meet