Eighth-Grader Faces Felony Charge for Planting Nuts in Lunch of Allergic Classmate
LEXINGTON, Ky. — An eighth-grader in Kentucky is accused of putting peanut butter cookie crumbs in the lunchbox of a classmate with a severe peanut allergy.
The allergic student did not eat the cookies Thursday at Morton Middle School in Lexington.
Fayette County schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall says the accused student was arrested on a felony wanton endangerment charge. The student will face charges in the juvenile court system.
Deffendall says it was well known that the other student suffered allergies. There was no known history of problems between the two 13-year-olds.
For those allergic to peanuts, trace amounts of peanut oil can cause severe reactions and even death.