In this day and age, kids are suspended from school for the silliest of reasons. But, sometimes suspensions are not only warranted but absolute necessities. So it is with three first grade girls who were suspended from Winterberry Charter School in Anchorage, Alaska. The three girls were suspended for plotting to poison a classmate and kill them. They intended to kill the classmate by putting the contents of a silica pouch in their lunch. Silica are those little packets put into food and pill containers to absorb moisture. Silica isn’t poisonous, but the girls thought that it was. The plot was discovered when a classmate overheard them planning the murder.
Naturally, the police decided not to charge the girls but they were suspended from school immediately and will remain suspended until officials are certain that they are no longer a danger to this or any other classmate.
Anchorage Police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said:
“We’re grateful that that student was able to speak up and obviously at such a young age. 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.”
The school notified parents of the plot:
“Three students in the class were planning on using the silica gel packets (these are not actually poison, but the students believed they were) from their lunchtime seaweed to poison and kill another student.”
The kids probably got the idea to murder their classmate from watching TV or watching a movie or listening to a liberal talk about someone who disagrees with them.