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Teen Charged With Assault for Exposing Allergic Classmate To Pineapple

BUTLER, PA (WOWK) - Police say a teen girl has been charged with aggravated assault after she covered her hand in pineapple juice and high-fived a classmate who is severely allergic to the fruit.

“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 told KDKA.

According to police, two 14-year-old girls and a 13-year-old girl "conjured up a game, a plan to expose her through high-fiving her.” 

The teen with the severe allergy was taken for treatment immediately and is OK, police told KDKA.

“The pineapple was not illegally brought in. It’s not a weapon. It’s not any of those things. It’s a fruit cup. And can you intentionally and knowingly kill somebody with a fruit cup? I don’t think adults could make that decision let alone 14-year-olds,” an attorney told KDKA.

The Butler Area School District released the following statement:

“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.”

The 14-year-old has been charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

Two other girls, ages 13 and 14, are facing similar charges for allegedly assisting in the assault.


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