Parents on high alert after Spike TV stunt at school

Parents at the Science and Medicine Middle School in Canarsie have received a letter from the principal warning them that a student tried to re-enact a stunt seen on Spike TV's show "1,000 Ways to Die."

The show explores different types of weird deaths through re-enactments by actors. One dramatization shows how swallowing cinnamon in a concentrated form can cause a person to choke to death.

According to school officials, a student brought cinnamon to school, intending to swallow it. In a letter alerting parents, the school principal said another student put a spoonful of cinnamon in her mouth, but spat it out.

The principal urged parents to monitor what their kids watch on TV and online. A spokesperson for the school says the principal acted in the best interest of the students by reaching out to parents.

A representative for the Department of Education says the mother of the child who brought the cinnamon to school had a conference with the principal to ensure this incident doesn't happen again.

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