DUBLIN -- Call it one sticky situation.

School officials are investigating who may have smeared peanut butter on door handles at Dublin High School, part of a senior prank, according to the Dublin Unified School District.

The nutty crime was discovered Wednesday morning and set to work removing the mess from school property, said Superintendent Steve Hanke. Officials were alarmed about the potential harm to students who had peanut allergies, but no illnesses were reported.

"There will be consequences that we deem appropriate if we catch the ones who did this," Hanke said. "Peanut allergies are not something that ever should be taken lightly."

People allergic to peanuts can suffer anaphylaxis, an allergic reaction that can cause symptoms from wheezing and coughing, skin irritation, and in serious cases, a constriction of the throat and even death.

An estimated 2,000 students attend Dublin High School, although it's not clear how many suffer from a peanut allergy.

School officials said that the mess was discovered and that cleanup efforts began before students arrived on the campus. All families whose children suffer from the allergies were contacted by the school Wednesday morning.

Dublin Police were contacted about the incident but said that any consequences to students found to have been involved would come from the school.


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