Some school bullies are moving from the playground to the lunchroom.
Their targets are kids with food allergies. The number of those kids has spiked nearly 20 percent in the past decade.
They don't look different, but they are. Noah Smith said, I had to sit at a different table than other people because they had peanut butter and I couldn't sit by my friends.'
If someone wanted to touch me and they just ate some peanut butter sandwich, peanuts, they'll have to wash their hands, said Rowan Mondel.
Dr. Scott Sicherer at Mount Sinai School of Medicine is the first to study links between bullying and food allergies. It turns out 35 percent of kids with allergies are bullied, teased or harassed.
He says bullies will even say threatening things like 'I'm going to put this into your food. Waving this peanut at you. I'm going to throw it at you and rub it on you.' And occasionally that even happens.
A child may be withdrawn or won't want to go to school. These kids may also change their eating habits or come home hungry.
In 1997, one in every 250 kids had a peanut allergy. Now it's one in every 70.
Researchers at Duke University looked at whether small doses of peanut powder could build up a child's tolerance. The results - 25 percent lose their allergy altogether and nearly 90 percent can tolerate small amounts of peanuts after treatment.
The study found that 17 percent of kids in grades 6 to 10 reported being bullied. But in the food allergy group, those numbers doubled.