Three Alaskan first-graders have been temporarily kicked out of their school for what administrators say was an organized plot by the children to poison some of their fellow students with silica packets.
Ed Graff, the superintendent of the Anchorage School District, told ABC News that two children at the Winterberry Charter School heard that other students were discussing this plot and reported the terrifying incident to school administrators.
“We’re grateful that we had students come forward and share their concern,” Graff said in his interview with ABC News. According to reports filed on the incident, three girls planned to place silica gel beads in another girl’s meal during the school’s lunch session last week.
Silica gel beads are very harmful if they are swallowed. They can be easily ground up and invisibly sprinkled onto food and get ingested without detection. They usually come in packets and can be found in brand new shoes when you first purchase them. The packets clearly have messages on them that say “Do not eat.”
“They shared that three students in the class were planning on using the silica gel packets from their lunchtime seaweed to poison and kill another student,” wrote Winterberry Charter School Principal Shanna Mall in a letter she sent out to parents addressing this issue.
In her letter, Mall also encouraged parents to speak to their children “about what it means to tell in order to be helpful.” Jennifer Castro, a spokeswoman for the Anchorage Police Department told the Associated Press that no criminal charges will be filled against the three girls who concocted this plot.
“I’m not sure what we could criminally charge first-graders with,” Castro said in her interview with the Associated Press. “What ended up happening was the officer took each one of them individually, [and] had a very a serious talk with all of them. We really tried to give them the straight talk and the big picture of what this could have potentially turned into,” she continued.
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