Plants aren't that sensitive. Most likely explanation is failure to follow experimental protocol - these aren't professional scientists, they are students at a school, with the experiment in a room accessible to hundreds of people.
Chances are someone decided that 'plants grow' isn't going to get them a lot of attention, and sprinkled the router side with weedkiller. Or simply didn't water it. Thus they are assured of getting some media coverage, and a very good shot at winning the school science competition (Mission accomplished, there!).
This is why experiments need to be reproducible.
I am entirely confident that when some real scientists replicate the experiment in controlled conditions and nothing happens, it *won't* get widely reported. Or reported at all, really. There's no money in telling people they are safe.