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School district asks parents to speak to their kids after recent threats

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BURTON, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan school district is asking parents to speak to their children about the seriousness of making threats after a string of recent threats in the district.

There were four instances reported over the past three days at Atherton Elementary, Atherton Community Schools said.

Those instances included students referencing bringing a weapon to school, shooting the home of another student or threatening to kill a classmate.

Police were involved in all four instances and the students were disciplined, the district said.

The prosecutor's office and police are also taking action.

"These statements are extremely alarming and have had a significant impact both in school and at home. The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority and we will continue to do whatever is necessary to eliminate these distractions," Superintendent John Ploof said in a letter to parents.

In the letter he said some of the students referenced the incidents as a joke or they didn't mean anything by it.

"Unfortunately, in today's society there is little forgiveness for making threatening statements; especially those related to gun violence," Ploof said.

He is asking parents to talk to their children about the seriousness of making similar statements.

"This is our opportunity as adults to be proactive in educating our children rather than reactive if our children engage in this type of behavior," Ploof said.

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