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CHESTERTON — A parent upset after being contacted about the welfare of her Brummitt Elementary School student triggered an emergency response this week after posting on Facebook what was interpreted as a threat to the school's principal.

When the post was brought to the attention of officials at the Duneland School Corp., the parent was contacted and the post was removed, Superintendent Ginger Bolinger said.

"I think she realized it was not appropriate," Bolinger said.

The post did not appear on a school Facebook page, but it was noticed by other parents, she said.

The situation was investigated by the district's Director of Security Mike Kellems and Chesterton Police Resource Officer Chris Swickard, according to a letter sent out Thursday to school parents.

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"The issue has been investigated and resolved," the letter said. "Your children are safe to continue with their education and school activities."

"Please know that any kind of taunting messages or threats against the school will not be tolerated," according to the letter. "Foolish posts on Facebook create fear in the community."

Parents are encouraged to contact school officials with any concerns, "to have a meaningful discussion."

Bolinger said the schools will be sending out details on school safety protocols to parents and the public.

"We care about our children and will go to any length to keep them safe," the letter said.

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Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.