School worker suspended over peanut butter cookies

An employee at a Florida school has been suspended for bringing peanut butter cookies that triggered a student's allergic reaction into the classroom, FOX 30 is reporting.

Mary Baxley, a paraprofessional at Holiday Hill Elementary school in Jacksonville, brought store-bought peanut butter cookies and sugar cookies to celebrate a student's birthday on Feb. 7. The cookies were separated within the same container, and when the child with allergies ate one of the sugar cookies she had to be taken to the hospital.

Outside the classroom door hangs a sign that reads "Peanut-free classroom. Please do not bring any peanuts or products containing peanuts into this classroom," the TV station reports. Baxley said she knew of the girl's allergy but thought she would be OK as long as she didn't have one of the peanut butter cookies.

Baxley was suspended without pay for 10 days.

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