Article courtesy of ABC News, written by Brian McBride.
Three first graders at an Anchorage, Alaska, charter school were suspended last week after allegedly plotting to poison and kill a fellow classmate.
School officials said they found out about the alleged plan only after other students overheard them talking about it.
"We're grateful that we had students come forward and share their concern," said Ed Graff, Superintendent with the Anchorage School District.
According to police, the young girls planned to take silica gel preservation packets from their lunchtime food bags and put them into another student's lunch.
The students were unaware that silica gel -- a drying agent used to keep packaged goods fresh -- is actually non-toxic, though the tiny beads could pose a choking hazard.