Peanut Prank Leaves Student Facing Felony Charge

Letters went home on Friday to parents of students at Lexington's Morton Middle School.

This comes after an incident where school officials say a student placed peanut butter crumbs in the lunch box of a student who is severely allergic to peanuts.

The child did not ingest the crumbs and did not become sick, but school officials say the results could have been deadly if the child had eaten the crumbs.

The student who is accused of the prank has been charged with felony wanton endangerment.


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  • by mary Location: Plainield, IL on Apr 26, 2008 at 03:21 PM
    I'm 65 and had no idea that peanut allergies could cause anything more than a mile reaction. How can you expect a 13 year old to know?
  • by Ave Location: Pennsylvania on Apr 23, 2008 at 05:10 AM
    I agree with all previous posters comments that this kid didn't just pull a prank! If he had attempted to go after the kid with a baseball bat with an intent to harm him, everyone would be in agreement that he should be severely punished. But, because this is "JUST" a peanut allergy and it was "ONLY" a cookie, he should just get a talking to? Baloney. He is old enough to know what he was doing was wrong, it was pre-planned, and he had every intention of harming the allergy sufferer. Throw the book at him. He deserves it.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2008 at 07:29 PM
    I believe this is being blown WAY out of proportion.
  • by green on Apr 22, 2008 at 06:41 AM
    Attempted murder is more like it.
  • by Joe Location: Berry on Apr 22, 2008 at 06:20 AM
    This is what happens when paddles are removed from school.Let's face it kids are smart they know they can't be touched when they do wrong.Parents are to blame because little Johhny got spanked for wrong doing mommy and daddy are going to sue the schools. I don't blame schools for being afraid of kids because of parents.You see it everyday just open your eyes. Parents that don't take time to teach kids right from wrong then kids grow up this way and become trouble to society.I see this stuff first hand everyday.But it is easy to turn your heads than to put the blame were it belongs.Don't blame all this on the schools put the blame at the root of the problem,your childs actions are reflection of the parenting you Do.Parenting is the cause of the way children behave today and in the future.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lex on Apr 22, 2008 at 05:57 AM
    With the morals and values of todays young people, the thought of growing old scares me when I realize that they will be the ones supporting the economy in the next 15 years......
  • by AC Location: Corbin on Apr 22, 2008 at 05:25 AM
    what a little punk! but how can he be charged with a felony if he's only in middle school?
  • by c Location: fkt on Apr 22, 2008 at 05:19 AM
    I agree, this student is old enough to know right from wrong, but who's teaching him those values? His parents? Evidently not! the school system? Evidently not! Where are these kids learning their value system? From TV? There might be the problem. When everything is okay to do and say, what "values" does this child really have? Everything is a big joke these days especially with kids. The motto of our society is: "It's all about me & what I want" so what kind of people do we hope to produce with that national attitude? Criminals? Which is EXACTLY what we are producing at an alarming rate! Children are not taught to respect others in any form, therefore, what can the rest of us really expect? These kids knew about the allergy, yet, thought it funny to put it in the lunchbox of the other child! He should be punished accordingly! But I also think that his parent's should hold some responisbility as well for not teaching him to respect others!
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Apr 21, 2008 at 08:45 PM
    These wimpy kids now days! When I was in school back in '89 they actually served peanut butter in the lunchroom. I never heard about anyone falling out! This just shows that the sissified youth of today have such a low constitution that a simple peanut can kill them! I swear I think that today's youth rolled all 3s!
  • by Teacher Location: Kentucky on Apr 21, 2008 at 07:42 PM
    This has brought attention to an issue schools deal with more than people are aware. It is much more common for children to have these severe allergies than in years past and it can be fatal. I once had a child in class who could not only not eat peanut products but whose eyes would swell just to be in the same room. This is very serious and each child has the right to an education so schools have to make these accommodations; it is not babying anyone. An allergy this severe can't be "kept quiet" for the safety of the child.
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