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Alaska First-Graders Suspended for Allegedly Plotting to Poison Classmate

The students allegedly planned to use silica gel packets to "poison and kill" a classmate

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    Alaska First-Graders Suspended for Allegedly Plotting to Poison Classmate
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    Three first-graders at an Alaska charter school have been suspended for allegedly plotting to poison a classmate.

    Three female students at Winterberry Charter School in Anchorage allegedly planned to use silica gel packets — commonly found in pre-packaged food and medicine bottles to keep moisture away — "from their lunchtime seaweed to poison and kill another student," the school's principal wrote in an email to parents.

    The scheme was foiled when another student heard about the "poison packets" and alerted administrators, Jennifer Castro, spokeswoman for the Anchorage Police Department, told NBC News. No charges were filed.

    While silica gel is non-toxic, the tiny beads of which it is comprised can get lodged in the throat and pose a choking hazard, especially to young children, according to the Carolinas Poison Center.

    First Graders Suspended After Plot to Kill Classmate

    [NATL] First Graders in Alaska Suspended After Plot to Kill Classmate
    Three first-grade students at a school in Anchorage, Alaska, have been suspended after plotting to poison a classmate, the school principal said. The kids planned to use silica gel, which is non-toxic, although the students believed it was, according to a letter the school sent to parents.
    (Published Wednesday, March 30, 2016)