Three first-grade girls in Alaska who admitted to plotting to “kill” a female classmate with silica gel packets (which are used to soak up moisture, but are not poisonous) have been disciplined by the authorities but not charged with any crime. “I’m not sure what we could criminally charge first-graders with,” police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said, pointing out that no adults or anyone else was involved in the scheme. “What ended up happening was the officer took each one of them individually, [and] had a very a serious talk with all of them.” After talking to them, the school resource officer found that they were indeed planning to “poison and kill another student”, because of an ongoing feud between them. The police then left it up to the school district to discipline the three girls, who faced “significant consequences” according to the school principal. It is not clear how the three were punished, but a spokeswoman for the school district told a local news station that they had been suspended.
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