Three teen girls in Pennsylvania are facing multiple felony charges after they exposed a classmate to pineapple juice. The victim had a severe allergy to pineapples. According to PA authorities, the 3 teens had prior knowledge of their classmate's allergy to pineapples.
The 14-year-old victim was exposed to pineapple during her lunch period. One of the 3 teens put pineapple juice on her hands and proceeded to 'high five' the victim in order to trigger the allergic reaction.
The victim went to the nurses office immediately after experiencing an allergic reaction. The school nurse administered an Epi-Pen and the victim was brought to the hospital for evaluation. She was released later that day.
The 14-year-old who 'high fived' the victim was charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, reckless endangerment, simple assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment. The other two girls, ages 13 and 14, were charged with disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, and criminal conspiracy.
My Two Cents
As someone who knows what it's like to have to stay away from certain foods (I have Celiac disease and have to be gluten free. If exposed to gluten/wheat, it puts me at high risk for cancer, osteoporosis, infertility, and in rare cases, death), I can imagine how scared that little girl is right now. It disgusts me that people can be so intentionally cruel to someone for no reason. Even more disgusting is that the ringleader of this horrendous crime, wasn't charged with attempted murder! That little girl could have died from the exposure, and all the bullies are getting is a 'slap on the wrist.' It doesn't seem fair. I hope the parents of the victim go after the bullies hard. They can't get away with what they did.
I do hope that the ringleader of this crime is charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. She needs to be in jail!
My thoughts and prayers are with the victim. Justice will prevail, my dear!
Folks, I know some of you probably didn't grow up around those who had food allergies. In fact, 30, 40, 50, 60, or more years ago, it was extremely rare. Just because it was rare, doesn't mean that the issue didn't exist. Perhaps parents kept these kids at home, or sent them away somewhere.
Regardless of the situation, food allergies are serious and need to be taken seriously. Just because you didn't grow up around it, doesn't mean that it is less of an issue. Kids are dying from their food allergies. These deaths can be prevented, if we are mindful of those who have allergies. Is it an inconvenience? Yes. However, I'd rather be inconvenienced by a child's food allergy, than to watch a child die from said allergy.
To those of you who mock children with food allergies, I hope and pray to God above that you never have a child that has a severe food allergy. Your child could end up worse than the victim in the news story. It would be on your hands.
Be mindful, be tolerant, and if you are ignorant about a food allergy, ask the child or the parent of the child. Education is key here, along with tolerance.