First graders suspended for plotting to poison classmate

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ANCHORAGE, AK (WCMH) – Three first-grade students at a school in Alaska have been suspended after a plot to poison and kill a classmate was uncovered.

According to a letter sent home to parents of students at the Winterbury Charter School in Anchorage, Alaska, the three students planned to use silica gel to poison the classmate.

Silica gel is the substance found inside small packets placed inside of shoe boxes, packed with electronics and placed inside some food containers in order to keep the contents from collecting moisture. While the packets usually say not to eat them, they are not actually poisonous.

A letter was sent home to parents, which reads in part:

Three students in the class were planning on using the silica gel packets (these are not actually poison, but the students believed they were) from their lunchtime seaweed to poison and kill another student.

Anchorage police spokesperson Jennifer Castro told KTUU-TV, “the good news here is that another student learned about this plan or intention and as soon as they learned of it they immediately notified their teacher their parents and the principal which is then how we were notified.”

The plot was never put into action, according to Castro.

The case was investigated by police and no charges are expected. The students involved were suspended.

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