IMessage Frozen on IPad Mini
I have had an IPad mini for about a month. The IOS is 6.1.3 and is up-to-date. Recently after my son's friends IMessaged him long strings of junk, we have not been able to open IMessage. I have tried the following remedies without success:
(1) Turning the IPod off and back on (I have probably done this about 20 times)
(2) Turning Airplane Mode On and then back Off again 5 min later. Then turning the IMessage Off and then back on 5 min later. (I have done this about 20 times).
IMessage does activate from the settings screen when I turn it on and off.
When I tap on the Message icon, Message opens with a completely blank screen. I am unable to close it with the 5 finger close method, nor get anything in it to appear or work. After maybe 20 seconds the IMessage closes on its own.
I am new to Apple products. I thought maybe uninstalling and reinstalling the app would work, but have not figured out how to do that. PLEASE any suggestions will be appreciated. I have spent hours now trying to "unfreeze" IMessage.