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First-graders accused of plotting to poison, kill classmate with silica gel

According to KTUU, Anchorage police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said the Winterberry Charter School first-graders planned to poison a classmate with silica gel, a substance used to absorb moisture in all kinds of products. Although silica gel is nontoxic, the students believed it was poisonous, the school's principal said in a letter to parents. The children were suspended after a classmate told officials about the plan and a school resource officer investigated the claim.

"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 told KTUU.

School officials said the students will return to school after their suspension ends. Police said the children will not be charged.