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Teens Expose Classmate to Pineapple, Face Felony Charges

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By    |   Friday, 26 Jan 2018 01:15 PM

Three teens are facing felony charges after allegedly intentionally exposing a classmate to pineapple, a food the student is severely allergic to, KDKA-TV reported Thursday.

Butler Township Police are deeming the incident that happened on Dec. 15, 2017, as an aggravated assault on the 14-year-old student at Butler Intermediate High School in Pennsylvania, according to the television station.

Authorities said one student brought the pineapple to school in her packed lunch while a second student, another 14-year-old, rubbed it on her hand and deliberately sought out the victim and high-fived the student, KDKA-TV wrote.

The victim was taken to the nurse's office, administered an epinephrine pen and eventually taken by ambulance to the Butler Memorial Hospital, according to the Butler Eagle. The student was treated and released from the hospital the same day, police told the newspaper.

"My understanding is she could go into anaphylactic shock and, if not properly and quickly treated, could die," Lt. Matthew Pearson, of the Butler Township Police Department, said, according to the television station.

The Butler Eagle said the accused 14-year-old girl and the two other girls who allegedly had unspecified roles in the assault were disciplined by the school.

KDKA-TV said that one 14-year-old has been charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person. The two other girls, ages 13 and 14, are facing similar charges for allegedly assisting in the assault, per the television station.

"The interesting thing about food allergies is that every person's level of reactivity is a little different," Dr. Allison Freeman, an allergist-immunologist with Allegheny Health Network, told KDKA, adding that "food allergy bullying" was becoming more common in schools.

"It's definitely something schools need to be talking about," Freeman said, per KDKA-TV. "It's no joke and putting a little bit of peanut butter on the keyboard to hurt somebody is a potentially deadly thing."

The Butler Area School District released a statement after the incident, according to KDKA-TV, that said: "As with all student discipline issues, we are unable to provide a comment on the specific incident. However, it is our expectation that our students respect themselves and others. When that does not occur, the district will take appropriate disciplinary action and, if appropriate, contact law enforcement."

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Three Pennsylvania high school students, who allegedly exposed a classmate with a severe food allergy to pineapple intentionally, face felony charges.
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