We’ve been reporting on a malicious incident at Lake Travis High School where a varsity football player with a peanut allergy was “pranked” by teammates who spread peanuts throughout his locker, contaminating his uniform and cleats and causing a reaction.
You might think this was an isolated incident confined to childish pranks played at school, but you would be mistaken.
Scotland Yard has launched a criminal investigation into an incident involving a police officer with a peanut allergy who was hospitalized after he was exposed to nuts spread in his locker. They are treating the incident as an attempted assault.
On Monday, December 4, the victim was treated by colleagues at Wembly police station in North West London before he was taken to the hospital, where he was later discharged.
The officer likely suffered anaphylaxis, a severe life-threatening reaction to a food, drug, insect venom, or environmental substance.
A spokeswoman for Scotland Yard said:
We are investigating an allegation of crime following an incident that happened on Monday 4 December at Wembley police station. An officer who suffers a nut allergy found peanuts inside his locker. He was treated by colleagues for an allergic reaction and then taken to hospital before being discharged.
Detailed enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing. The incident is being treated at this stage as an attempted assault causing grievous bodily harm and is being investigated by local CID and local professionalism officers.
A senior officer issued the following statement to all building staff:
I would like to assure you that this incident is being treated very seriously. A criminal investigation has been launched, this limits what information I can share with you. Thankfully, the officer is recovering and receiving welfare support from their line manager.
While this is thankfully being treated as a serious incident, no charges have been filed in Lake Travis where parents have expressed outrage that the perpetrators have not been severely disciplined.