On an ordinary day last spring, I was sitting in my last-period history class—we had just turned in an essay, so everyone was chatting and catching up on other work. All of a sudden, the kid to my left randomly reached out and put a few Goldfish crackers on my desk, then started filming me with his phone.
“What are you doing?” I asked, totally confused. He and his friends laughed—then shared the video on Snapchat.
These classmates thought it would be funny to capture my reaction to the cheese dust in the crackers, a food that—like dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts—I’m severely allergic to.
Immediately, I started to panic, as my throat began itching and hives popped up on my arms. I went straight to the nurse to take Benadryl—which luckily helped to stop the reaction.