More than 30 Michigan schools closed for the holidays two days early, in part because the Mayan calendar predicts the world will end on Friday, an official said.
Matt Wandrie, superintendent for Lapeer Community Schools, said doomsday “rumors” are running rampant in several districts, adding to fears raised by last week’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Wandrie said all rumors of threats had been “investigated and determined to be false” but were still a “serious distraction” for students heading into the holiday break, and parents were vowing to keep children home.
Students and faculty of American schools already have jangled nerves from this past week. Friday marks a week since the Newtown shooting and the proverbial Doomsdate. While there is no basis for a global catastrophe, there are reasonable fears that people might self-fulfill the prophecy, causing havoc for others. That is concerning. Security is currently heightened at many schools and most parents probably have received some notice from their districts that security plans have been reviewed or new procedures implemented.
Overreaction? Yes probably. But the thought of another event like last week has prompted us to feel extra action is justified.