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Social media off limits for teen pineapple defendant

February 15, 2018 News Extra

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A 14-year-old girl accused of intentionally exposing a classmate with a severe pineapple allergy to the fruit has been severely limited from using social media.

The restriction was one of several conditions placed on the girl as part of a safety plan approved Thursday at an emergency hearing in juvenile court before Butler County Judge Timothy McCune.

It was also learned at the hearing that the teenager was expelled from Butler Intermediate High School in Butler Township in wake of the Dec. 13 incident, and she is attending cyber school through the district.

The Butler Eagle is not naming the girl because she was charged as a juvenile.

She landed in court after Butler Township police last month filed felony assault and other criminal charges against her.

Police said she rubbed pineapple on her own hand and then “high-fived” the girl with the allergy during a lunch period.

The victim was taken to the nurse's office, given an epinephrine pen and eventually taken by ambulance to Butler Memorial Hospital. She was treated and released from the hospital the same day, authorities said.

The emergency hearing Thursday was held because authorities were unable to contact the teen or her mother, said Russ Karl, a Butler County assistant district attorney who handles juvenile cases for the prosecutor's office.

The safety plan, which McCune approved, ordered the girl to have no contact with the victim or the victim's family, and to contact her probation officer weekly.

Additionally, she was barred from social media except for school-related purposes.

To learn more about this case, read Friday's Butler Eagle.

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