3 Teens Charged With Intentionally Exposing Fellow Student To Pineapple Despite Allergy
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By Adem Lewis / in , , , , /


AND THEY TAKE THEIR TIME TO FIGURE EVERYTHING OUT. Reporter: LYNN HAYES- FREELAND, KDKA NEWS. A FELONY OVER FOOD? THREE TEENAGER GIRLS ARE FACING FELONY CRIMINAL CHARGES AFTER AN INCIDENT INVOLVING PINEAPPLE. BUTLER TOWNSHIP POLICE SAY DURING LUNCHTIME THE GIRLS PUSHILY EXPOSED THEIR CLASSMATE TO PINEAPPLE, A FRUIT TO WHICH SHE SEVERELY ALLERGIC. JULIE GRANT IS HERE WITH THIS STORY. Reporter: GOOD EVENING TO YOU BOTH. BUTLER IMMEDIATE HIGH SCHOOL DOESN’T SERVE PINE A UNTIL THE CAFETERIA BECAUSE OF THAT STUDENT’S ALLERGY, BUT ONE STUDENT BROUGHT A CONTAINER LIKE THIS IN HER PACK FOR LUNCH. THE POLICE SAY THE TEENAGER WHO IS MOST CULLABLE IN THE CASE ASKED FOR THE PINEAPPLE, RUBBED IT ON HER HAND AND DELIBERATELY HIGH FIVED THE GIRL WITH THE ALLERGY. WAS A CUP OF PINEAPPLE USED TO CARRY OUT A CRIME? THE POLICE ARE DEEMING A DECEMBER 15th INCIDENT AN AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. MY UNDERSTANDING IS THE ALLERGY IS SO SEVERE SHE CAN GO INTO SHOCK AND, IF NOT TREATED PROPERLY OR QUICKLY, SHE COULD DIE. Reporter: THE ALLERGIC TEEN IS 14 YEARS OLD. THE TEEN ACCUSED OF PURPOSELY HIGH FIVING HER AFTER RUBBING PINEAPPLE ON HER HAND IS 14. THE GIRL IS ACCUSED OF — THE GIRLS ACCUSED OF CONSPIRING WITH HER ARE 13 AND 14. THEY CONJURED UP AND THEY CALLED IT LIKE A GAME OR THE PLAN TO EXPOSE HER THROUGH HIGH FIVING HER. Reporter: THE TEEN WITH THE SEVERE ALLERGY WAS TAKEN FOR TREATMENT IMMEDIATELY AND IS OKAY. IT IS DIFFICULT TO SAY WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF SHE WEREN’T TREATED IMMEDIATELY. THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT FOOD ALLERGIES IS EVERY PERSON’S LEVEL OF REACTIVITY IS DIFFERENT. Reporter: THE DOCTOR SAYS FOOD ALLERGY BULLYING IS BECOMING MORE COMMON. IT IS SOMETHING THAT SCHOOLS NEED TO BE TALKING ABOUT. IT IS NO JOKE. AND PUTTING A LITTLE BIT OF PEANUT BUTTER ON A KEYBOARD TO HURT SOMEBODY IS POTENTIALLY DEADLY. Reporter: BUT WHETHER THE CONDUCT RISES TO THE LEVEL OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY IS ANOTHER STORY. THE PINEAPPLE WAS NOT ILLEGALLY BROUGHT IN. IT IS NONE OF THOSE THINGS. IT IS A FRUIT CUP. AND CAN YOU INTENTIONALLY AND KNOWINGLY AND INTENTIONALLY KILL SOMEBODY WITH A FRUIT CUP? I DON’T THINK ADULTS COULD EVEN MAKE THAT DECISION, LET ALONE 14-YEAR-OLDS. Reporter: THE ATTORNEY IS A FATHER OF A 14-YEAR-OLD, AND EXPERIENCED IN THE PRACTICE OF CRIMINAL LAW. HE BELIEVES THE CASE IS OVER CHARGED. 14-YEAR-OLD GIRLS, YOU KNOW, I LIKEN THIS TO A PRANK, AND A PRANK DOES NOT RISE TO THE LEVEL OF INTENTIONALLY HARMING SOMEBODY WHERE THEY CAN DIE. . I CAN SEE YEARS AGO THE KIDS WOULD SAY WE’RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING TO HER CHAIR, BUT NOT SOMETHING THAT WOULD HARM YOU IN A HEALTH WAY. YOU DON’T DO THAT. Reporter: WE ASKED THE BUTLER AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR COMMENT. THEY SENT US THIS STATEMENT. QUOTE, AS WITH ALL STUDENT DISCIPLINE ISSUES, WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE A COMMENT ON THIS SPECIFIC INCIDENT, HOWEVER, IT IS OUR EXPECTATION THAT OUR STUDENTS RESPECT THEMSELVESES AND OTHERS. WHEN THAT DOES NOT OCCUR, THE DISTRICT WILL TAKE APPROPRIATE DISCIPLINARY ACTION AND, IF ENFORCEMENT. THIS CASE IS BEING HANDLED BY JUVENILE SERVICES. WE WANT TO CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION WITH YOU ABOUT FOOD ALLERGY BULLYING NOW. I’M GOING TO HEAD OVER TO THE KDKA FACEBOOK PAGE AND WE HOPE


8 thoughts on “3 Teens Charged With Intentionally Exposing Fellow Student To Pineapple Despite Allergy

  1. Food isn't a crime but the fact that those girls knew she was allergic; this is intent to cause harm. I don't care what the attorney in this report says "This was a prank….".. A prank that may have had deadly consequences. Unless you've ever suffered from anaphylactic shock you have zero idea the fear, panic and mental pain it causes; you can't breathe!. It is an intentional act that was meant to cause fear and disrupt her life. Period. What the hell is wrong with ya all these days; anything to be abusive to another human being? *Well there are no safe spaces in/at MAYS, ABRAXIS or George Junior. Accountability must be learned, this will do it for those "girls". *

  2. It musta been this population control kind–>Del Monte, one of the world's largest growers and distributors of the popular tropical pineapple fruit, has developed a genetically modified pineapple that's currently being grown in Costa Rica, one of the top pineapple-producing countries. It has just received approval by the USDA for sale in the U.S.

  3. That attorney is a piece of shit, they should be charged with attempted murder charges. Yes if a fruit cup can kill someone it is absolutely a weapon. People have went to prision for intentionally putting peanuts in a persons food in attempt to kill them so how is this different?

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