Cops Investigate After Nut Placed in Allergic Kid's Drink
High school student in Sweden nearly suffocated
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2013 1:38 PM CDT

(Newser) – "Either the student who did this is completely stupid or it's attempted manslaughter." That quote from a high school principal in Sweden pretty much sums up the case of an allergic student who nearly suffocated when someone put a nut into her water, reports the Local. Authorities think it was deliberate because Linn Jernberg, 18, had earlier posted a note on a bulletin board about her allergy, but it was quickly ripped down.

Teachers say other students at the school then bought a large of stock of nuts, apparently planning an extremely misguided prank, or worse. Jernberg tells the Local that "when I had taken a drink I discovered that somebody had put a hazelnut in the glass and it became hard to find air," adding, "I'm sure that whoever put it in the glass did so on purpose." She was taken to the hospital and was back in school the next day. Police are investigating.

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Oct 23, 2013 4:01 AM CDT
This was obviously a case of attempted murder. Everyone knew she had a nut allergy. How sick have our children become?
Oct 17, 2013 6:11 AM CDT
In Sweden judges decide whether or not the perpetrator has had the necessary intent to be held responsible for attempted murder (as compared to merely intent to do great bodily injury). There are no rules in the Swedish law on how this should be done. Instead, the judges have to use their own experience to see the connection between different phenomena. Submitted for your further review a link to University writings on the matter, including some case history.
Oct 16, 2013 6:06 PM CDT
One would think she would have seen it in the glass, but apparently that would require actually paying attention to what you are doing, which of course is beyond the ability of some people!