WENATCHEE — A teenager has been sentenced to four days in jail for smearing peanut butter on the forehead of another youth he knew was allergic to peanuts.
Nineteen-year-old Joshua Hickson, of Malaga, was convicted last week of simple assault in Chelan County District Court.
Judge Nancy Harmon repeatedly asked Hickson why he committed the act before Hickson finally said he didn't know about peanut allergies. Investigators say that during lunch at Wenatchee High School on Sept. 8, Hickson heard a conversation in which it was mentioned that a student sitting near him was allergic to peanuts.
Hickson then grabbed someone's peanut butter sandwich and wiped some of the peanut butter on the boy's forehead.
The boy did not suffer an allergic reaction, but told police he had suffered a severe reaction to peanuts in the past.
This made headlines in the local paper.