Father of girl who died of reaction backs CPS policy to stock EpiPens

January 25, 2012 3:11:11 PM PST
Chicago Public Schools is expected to implement its own asthma management policy and stock schools with EpiPens for use in cases of acute asthma or allergic reactions.

The district's plan was discussed Wednesday afternoon by the board of education. The plan allows students to carry and self administer their asthma or allergy medication with permission from a parent or guardian and a copy of their prescription.

Mike Carlson, whose daughter died of a severe allergic reaction while at school, spoke at Wednesday's meeting.

"This policy that you're changing, you'd have to be an idiot to oppose this. I'd just like to thank everybody for looking into it," Mike Carlson said.

The new policy also includes a plan for handling students with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.