New York parents petition for EpiPens in all schools after grilled cheese allergy death

NEW YORK -- Thousands of New York parents have signed a petition for city schools to require EpiPens on their campuses after the death of a toddler who had a deadly allergic reaction.

EpiPens, the life-saving devices that stop an allergic reaction, are now top of mind for many parents of Head Start-Early Education age children since 3-year-old Elijah Silvera suffered a fatal dairy allergy reaction after someone at his Harlem school gave him a grilled cheese sandwich.

Now there’s an online petition asking newly re-elected Mayor Bill de Blasio to send EpiPens to all New York Schools -- not just buildings with nurses -- and train staff on how to use them.

WPIX contacted schools across the region and learned all have someone on staff ready to administer an emergency EpiPen dose, have free EpiPens on hand or have lunch aides walking around with them.