Three teenage girls have been charged after they allegedly exposed a classmate to allergen despite knowing the girl could suffer a severe allergic reaction.
A 14-year-old girl has been accused of rubbing pineapple on her hand and then high-fiving the girl during a lunch period at a school in Pennsylvania on December 13, reports Yahoo news.
The victim, also 14, could go into anaphylactic shock and, if not properly and quickly treated, could die if she came into contact with pineapple, police said.
Luckily the teen survived the encounter and was treated at hospital, The Washington Post reports.
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The girl’s allergy was well known, police said, and pineapple is typically not served during the lunch period.
The 14-year-old suspect is being charged in juvenile court with felony aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy, among other offences, according to the AP.
Two other alleged perpetrators, who are 13 and 14, are charged with criminal conspiracy, among other offences, according to American broadcaster KDKA.
The school district put out a statement in regards to the incident.
“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 statement said.
Last year a study revealed how children with allergies are either being tricked or forced into eating food they can’t tolerate by school bullies – read more on that HERE.
‘There is a lack of respect and understanding around allergies generally and, when it comes to children, there can be an element of jealousy – some don’t like the special attention focused on the food-allergic children,’ said Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia President.
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