Playground Prank May Have Been More Dangerous Than Intended

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    A playground prank has some Loudoun County, Va., parents fuming.

    Someone coated swings, monkey bars and slides at the Hillside Park playground in the Broadlands section of Ashburn in peanut butter. The lid to a jar of Jif was found nearby.

    Playground Prank With Dangerous Consequences

    [DC] Playground Prank With Dangerous Consequences
    It was likely meant as a playground prank, but as News4's Julie Carey reports, recent vandalism in Ashburn, Va., could have had serious consequences for children who play there. (Published Thursday, Jul 22, 2010)

    Word traveled fast through the community Monday morning, and the Broadlands Homeowners Association cleaned up the mess right away and made another discovery -- a creepy discovery -- inside a pedestrian tunnel near the playground. The vandals had hung four chicken feet, like those sold in specialty grocery stores.

    It may have been intended as a harmless prank, but peanut butter can be dangerous for children with peanut allergies. For an allergic child, just touching peanut butter can cause a severe reaction.

    In what might be related vandalism at a nearby school, more than a half dozen signs were uprooted and placed in the street as a sort of obstacle course. School maintenance crews were still finishing those repairs Thursday.
     


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