Michigan schools close over Friday doomsday rumors

Not surprising. But very concerning.

Mayan end-of-world rumors prompt Michigan officials to close 33 schools – U.S. News.

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.

  3 comments for “Michigan schools close over Friday doomsday rumors

  1. albatross
    December 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    We should remember this when someone asks us what’s the harm?

  2. Dorion
    December 20, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    It’s not so much about Mayan apocalypse rumors, but about copycat (shooting) rumors piled atop generalized floating anxiety. I don’t disagree with the decision: I’m a lifelong Detroiter, and we have an uneasy relationship with guns/violence in Michigan.

  3. Pamela T
    December 26, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    I live in MI and the majority of school closing around here had nothing to do with the shooting nor a fear of apocalypse but instead had everything to do with the blizzard that struck this area Wednesday evening through Thursday evening.

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