Alaska First-Graders Suspended in Plot to ‘Poison and Kill Another Student’

Silica Gel-compressedANCHORAGE, Alaska — Three first graders in Alaska have been suspended after it was discovered that they had plotted to poison another student with silica packets.

Ed Graff, the superintendent of the Anchorage School District, told reporters that two students at Winterberry Charter School who had overheard others talking about the plot reported the matter to officials.

“We’re grateful that we had students come forward and share their concern,” he told ABC News.

According to reports, three female students plotted to put silica gel, beads that are found in packets meant to absorb moisture, in another female student’s lunch.

Despite the “do not eat” warning on the packets, the gel itself is not toxic. However, a school resource officer who questioned the girls determined that the students indeed intended to poison their classmate, thinking that the silica would be deadly. There had been arguments between the girls that resulted in the plot.

“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 Principal Shanna Mall in a letter to parents that also urged mothers and fathers to talk with their children “about what it means to tell in order to be helpful.”

Police spokesman Jennifer Castro told the Associated Press that charges will not be filed against the students.

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“I’m not sure what we could criminally charge first-graders with,” she told 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.”

The girls involved in the plot, however, were suspended and will return to school after the period has ended. Because two students reported the plan to officials, it was thwarted and not able to be carried out.

“The important lesson here is to really teach your kids if they hear something like this, something where someone intends to do harm to someone else, they should tell someone that they trust right away,” Castro said.

Proverbs 22:6 reads, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    US children need Christianity to value everyone’s life. USA has become meaningless because the nation lost Christianity. Society’s loss of conscience always hits the children hardest in every possible way. Judeo-Christian values alone unconditionally cherish everyone’s life. All others live for vengeance or ambition and greed. It is impossible to forgive without remembering the forgiveness in Jesus Christ.

    • gizmo23

      We are 80%+ Christian. It hasn’t stopped murder, war, or evil

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        No, you are now only 70% Christian but 60% of the population is Sodomic or submissive to Sodom; therefore half of the Christian population does not actually count. In any case, USA is the only nation that fixed itself based on the Biblical principles without other nations or cultures interfering, until some decades ago. Now USA lives for sexual immorality and abortion after abandoning Christianity. You really need Christianity for sanity and not just for morality. Other nations have murder, wars, and evil for their own sake; USA alone has fought wars to bring liberty and justice into the world. She must not become a Sodom this century.

  • Clyde Dalton

    American Exceptionalism