In Memoriam: Amarria Johnson, Age 7

Amarria Johnson, in a photo provided by her family to news outlets.

I had another post ready to roll this morning.

And then I read last night about a little girl named Amarria who died because another child gave her a peanut at recess.

Amarria was peanut allergic. The other child didn’t know it. It unclear whether or not the school staff was prepared adequately ever for such an emergency.

One thing is certain. Amarria is gone.


My original post seems frivolous now.

Amarria’s story is the one that matters.

So I ask that you honor Amarria and her grieving family today.

I ask that you read this, this, and this.

And I ask you to find a way to take her tragedy into your own consciousness–and then find a way to retell her story again. Share one of the links above via social media. Contact your local school to inquire about their food allergy protocols. Buy a jar of Sunbutter and take it with you to the PTA meeting and prove that, yes, kids can eat something other than peanuts and peanut butter in their lunches. Write a blog post or pin a photo of Amarria on Pinterest. Watch the video at the bottom of this post on how to use an Epi-pen–just in case you are ever in a position to save a life.

“If you want to honor Amarria, don’t grieve for the rest of your life,” said Kelly, a family friend. “Do something about it. Let’s honor her memory by making sure that what happened to her never happens to another child.”

Do something, please. Because the more we become mindful–as a society–of the real risks that peanut allergic children face in otherwise “safe” environments, the better chance that we have to save another life.

Yes, as this story illustrates, it’s not enough for a household like ours–where someone lives with a peanut allergy–to be moved by this story and reach out to educate others of the dangers we work to evade.

We need you to take action, too. Do something, please, for all the children like little Amarria–who should be heading off to school this morning.

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  1. Thank you for attempting to touch the hearts and aide in educating the world about our little girl. We are saddened still today that it had to take the life of our loved one Amarria Johnson, to even realize and see all of the support, and support groups that was out there for us to have utilize. The support groups and information would have also helped us to make the school systems aware of just how important peanut allergens are. The information also would have hopefully somehow allowed the school to recognize how important it was and still is to have all peanut products band from schools which any one child has that allergy too.

    • I am truly and deeply honored to have that comment, Mrs. Pendleton. Love to you all in this time of grief and sadness.

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