Grissom students suspended after chatting about killing other students

NOW: Grissom students suspended after chatting about killing other students

MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- Parents of Grissom Middle School students are questioning if they should bring their children back to school because it's probably not safe after a group of kids started a google chat talking about harming and even killing other students.

According to the PHM Director of Safety and Security Mike Seger, parents are safe to bring their kids to school.

"This situation involves one group of middle school females targeting another group of middle school males. It does not involve the entire school. Parents should not be concerned at this point and time," said Director of Safety and Security Mike Seger.

Seger says the group of girls were using the school issues Google Chromebooks to communicate inapropriate and violent comments about other students.

He says the students in question have been suspended and there's no ongoing threat to any students but some parents we talked with say they're not sure how this happened in the first place.

"I feel like there should be more restrictions placed, you know, if this stuff is going on then take away the Google chats. Why do they have a chat on their Chromebook when they’re supposed to be in school?," said Grissom Middle School parent Rebecca Kinnison.

Other parents going to Facebook and leaving their comments to say they aren't sure if they should bring their child back to school.

One mom in particular using the incident as an opportunity to teach her daughter how to deal with things like this.

"For it to be that specific it’s honestly scary. You know I told my daughter that you shouldn’t live your life in fear about it. Go and if you see anything suspicious then you have to report it you know that’s what it should be," said Kinnison.

Having conversations like that with you kids is something Seger recommends to all parents in the district.

"We encourage our parents to talk with their kids. We encourage our parents to have their students or children share with their teachers their feelings," said Seger.

At this time, the situation is under investigation.

We will be sure to provide more updates as we receive them.

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