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(NEWSER) – Authorities in Anchorage say they've uncovered a surprising murder plot—dreamed up by three first-graders. In a letter sent to parents on March 22, Principal Shanna Mall of Winterberry Charter School explains three students planned to use silica gel packets "to poison and kill another student," per KTUU.

Silica gel, used in packaging to prevent moisture, is non-toxic but students believed the packets were dangerous because they were marked "do not consume," per the Alaska Dispatch News. A rep for the Anchorage Police Department tells KTVA that the students brought the packets to school "with the intent of putting them in another student's lunch," but one or two students overheard the plot and came forward before it could be carried out.

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