There was an episode of the much beloved, but sadly short lived, show Freaks and Geeks, where the endearingly geeky character Bill Haverchuck (played by Martin Starr) falls prey to an especially sadistic and cruel prank by the school bully. While “wedgies” and “debagging” would seem like enough punishment for the terminally geeky, this episode of the show illustrated how a vicious prank can go terribly wrong (as if there is any other way for a vicious prank to go) when aimed at someone with serious food allergies.
Haverchuck, unbeknownst to him, has his sandwiched laced by his tormentor with peanuts; a food that he is horribly allergic. Instead of being turned on to the wonderful crunch of peanuts, Haverchuck is rushed to the hospital and becomes, yet another, victim to grade school bullying.
As with all bullying (and we have heard about a lot of it recently) while it is often shamefully heartless, none of it is all that original. Children (and believe it or not, some adults) will routinely target the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of others as a way to subjugate the defenseless, while making themselves feel more powerful. And this fictionalized account from Freaks and Geeks of allergy bullying reveals a method of torment that is sadly not at all rare.