Three first-graders from Winterberry Charter School in Anchorage, Alaska, allegedly hatched a plan to kill one of their classmates using silica gel packets, which they thought to be poison. The substance is usually used in pre-packaged food to avoid moisture.
However, because of their age and lack of knowledge, the young girls were unaware that no one could die of consuming silica gel.
The school’s principal, Shanna Mall, explained that another student heard about the plan and informed the administrators, according to Jennifer Castro, a spokeswoman for the Anchorage Police Department.
"We're grateful that that student was able to speak up and obviously at such a young age," Castro said. "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."
Psychologists from the school district spoke to the children in order to determine whether they really were aware of what they were doing. Apparently, the plan was the outcome of an existing disagreement between the kids.
The school principal wrote an email to their parents on March 22, informing them of what had happened and telling them that the plan involved using the packets from the girls' "lunchtime seaweed to poison and kill another student."
No information has been revealed regarding the student’s punishment or what it entailed but Mall did inform KTUU that they had been suspended for now.
Police left disciplinary action to the school, which is now handling the case with the parents and students themselves.
With children plotting to kill their classmate in first grade, it's hard to imagine what kind of adults they'll grow into. It is extremely important that parents keep a close eye on what kind of media their children are exposed to. With the important role social media has come to play in our everyday lives, the coming generations surely learn a lot more at a younger age. However, they cannot be allowed to watch anything and everything, since at the tender age that they are, they cannot differentiate between right and wrong and might just walk the path of disaster in the bargain.
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