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PA high school students facing charges after food allergy assault

Three teenage girls at a high school in Pennsylvania are facing criminal charges after exposing a schoolmate to pineapple juice knowing she was allergic.

Posted: Jan. 26, 2018 2:19 PM

Three teenage girls at a high school in Pennsylvania are facing criminal charges after exposing a schoolmate to pineapple juice knowing she was allergic. 

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Police officials in Butler say two 14 year old girls and a 13 year old devised a plan to give their schoolmate pineapple knowing that she would go into anaphylactic shock if exposed.

Officials say one of the suspects soaked her hand in pineapple juice and made the rounds in the butler intermediate high school lunch room, high-fiving other children, until she got to the 14 year old victim.

Police say what made the act even worse and much more than just a case of bullying, was that everybody knew the girl was allergic to pineapples. Pineapple wasn't even allowed on the school menu.

Officials say the pineapple in question was brought in a bagged lunch.

The victim was rushed to the school nurse following the incident, and then taken to a hospital where she recovered.
The 14 year old girl accused of exposing the girl to the pineapple is charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, simple assault, reckless endangerment, harassment and disorderly conduct.

The other two students were each charged with criminal conspiracy, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

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