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Box cutter confiscated from student at Grissom Middle School

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A Grissom Middle School student was caught with a box cutter.

A staff member learned about the cutter and told school administrators.

The principal issued a letter to parents saying no threats were made to any students. The principal also reminded parents to check backpacks and pockets before kids head off to school.

Below is the letter issued to parents:


This letter is to inform you a box cutter was confiscated from a student today, Wednesday, October 6. We learned of the box cutter when a staff member brought it to our attention. No threats were made to other students, and it was confiscated without incident.

PHM’s Director of Safety and Student Services, Mike Seger, was contacted immediately. The safety of your child is a top priority for Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation. We take these matters very seriously, responding immediately with the appropriate action.

Please take the opportunity to talk with your child about school safety and remind them not to bring weapons of any kind to school. We encourage you to check backpacks and pockets before your student leaves for school. Remind your children to report any unsafe behavior or situation to an adult.

PHM utilizes the Safe School Helpline as a confidential way to report student concerns about look-alike or real weapons, bullying, or anything else that threatens the safety of our schools. It is available 24/7/365 via the app, phone, text, or online:

Call: 1-800-418-6423 ext 359
Text: TIPS to 614-426-0240

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at (574) 968-9628 or

Respectfully yours,

Jean Milfort

Principal of Grissom Middle School

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1 comment

Larry October 7, 2021 at 8:05 pm

Remember the good old days when every boy carried a pocket knife all through school and played numbly peg .
It only got dangerous when lawyers and
Liberal parents got in the mist


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