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Two juveniles appear in court in pineapple incident

March 1, 2018 Digital Media Exclusive

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One teen involved with exposing a classmate with a severe pineapple allergy to the fruit admitted to one charge, while a second teen involved in the incident entered into an agreement in Butler County Juvenile Court on Friday.

The teens, both 14-years-old, were charged by Butler Township police, along with a 13-year-old girl, after the incident Dec. 13 at the Butler Intermediate High School, where police say the teens intentionally exposed the classmate.

The Butler Eagle is not naming the girls, as they were charged as juveniles.

Police said one of the 14-year-olds was accused of rubbing pineapple on her own hand and then “high-fiving” the girl 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 14-year-old girl, who police say was most culpable, was charged with felony aggravated assault and conspiracy, and misdemeanor simple assault, reckless endangerment, harassment and disorderly conduct.

In Friday's hearing before Judge Timothy McCune, the girl admitted to the misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge, and all remaining charges were withdrawn.

A disposition hearing was then scheduled for March 21, and the teen was placed on a predisposition safety plan pending that hearing.

The victim was present in the courtroom during all the hearings, including those on Friday, but did not speak during the proceedings.

Get the whole story in Sunday's Butler Eagle.

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