Virginia school cancels classes based on Illuminati “plans”

Online article forces Giles County officials, police to cancel school on Wednesday –

On Wednesday, most students will head back to school but not those in Giles County. They were suppose to return to class but school was canceled after an online article raised concerns about safety.

The article is entitled: The Next School Massacre Target?”. It’s posted on a website that caters to conspiracy theories and UFOs.

“We have to take this as serious information,” says Giles County Sheriff Morgan Millirons.

The article connects the Colorado movie theater shooting to last month’s shooting in Connecticut and then to Narrows.

The author uses a scene in the latest Batman movie that shows a map of attack sites. One is called Sandy Hook, the other is Narrows. The author writes that it’s plausible schools in Narrows, Virginia might be in danger.

Here is a link to the video news report.

Unfortunately, the original article at is NOT accessible due to site suspension (unknown why it was suspended – traffic or the potential consequences of the post) but it became unavailable about 20 minutes before this article was posted. (12:05 EST) Therefore, I can’t read it directly.

The “Narrows” mentioned in the piece, from the Batman movies, is a fictional island in Gotham River. The person speculating on this connection to the Narrows elementary school in Giles County VA is relating a conspiracy theory that the movie The Dark Night Rises contains clues or messages about events that took place (Aurora shooting, then Sandy Hook) and the next shooting (Narrows).

Let’s pause for a minute here: Aurora, Sandy Hook, Narrows. Not uncommon place names. They appear all over the U.S. To consider this theory as plausible, we must implicate Christopher Nolan as well as relating all these events together regardless of their potential other motives. Then, we scare ourselves witless.

This is a case of looking for patterns and finding some where there really is none. Sure, one school closing is no big deal but it’s not hard to figure out that more and more of these “threats” will be interpreted and interfere with our day to day lives. Over what? The baseless ramblings of conspiracy theorists.


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  9 comments for “Virginia school cancels classes based on Illuminati “plans”

  1. Rand
    January 2, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Well, to be fair to the school district, I’m sure that they took it not as “there’s a super-powerful organization who run the world which are now targeting our school”, but rather as “some nutcase conspiracy web-site read by (and run by) violent crazy people just put a call out begging for homicidal crazy people to attack our school. Recent history has shown that there really *are* nutcases out there who take such insane things seriously and are prone to carry out such actions, so we better take precautions to make sure none of the website’s readers (who, by definition are *all* homicidal crazy people who are prone to carry though on such acts) doesn’t take up the dare which they have been challenged to do”.

    If my kids school is called out as the place which should be attacked next on a psychopath website, I’d hope that the authorities would take such a threat seriously. Just because the website is run for, and by, crazy people doesn’t mean that the crazy people who frequent it won’t take it’s crazy suggestions seriously and act on it.

  2. Am_Sci
    January 2, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    “We have to take this as serious information.”
    No, you don’t. In fact, it’s probably much more likely that harm will befall a student because they are not in school (a relatively safe place for a young person to be).

    As another poster mentioned, the officer probably doesn’t buy into the subliminal message conspiracy and is more concerned about a “crazy” person thinking that they should attack the school. But, even that is still very unlikely. So unlikely is it, that I think closing school is irresponsible.

  3. January 3, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    I am the author of the article, Michael Erevna. First, off the website “” does not just “cater to conspiracy theories and UFOs”, those are TWO categories out of SEVEN. Why an objective journalist omits these is poor journalism. Second, if you read the article, it was about matching patterns found, not just the “Batman” map. You also irresponsibly left out the fact, Google Maps is an overlay for both sites and the map. In fact you left out many facts. This has to be the worst reporting I have read on this story. Third, this was comprehensive research which is obviously over your head; hence, you devaluing the plausibility of it. The fact is, it was compelling enough for the police to take action. Again, do your homework before you report it. Your piece will gain integrity and respect, which this piece is lacking.

  4. January 3, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    I suppose it is the worst because we called it out as nonsense and you didn’t like that? Facts are one thing but your interpretation of things are COMPLETELY another. As I said, there are other more prosaic explanations for this and to suggest that your convoluted reasoning that has no supporting evidence is fact and that MY piece is without integrity and respect is delusional.

  5. Chew
    January 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    You state there are far too many coincidences yet you do not offer any statistical estimates. What is your estimate all these coincidences could occur by chance alone?

  6. January 3, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    One of the problems with attempting to retrofit observed data or perceived observations is that it’s a hindsight exercise. The after-the-fact narrative imposed on the data isn’t predictive, it’s reactive. When another bad thing happens in any location that can be described as “Narrow,” the narrative will be amended to account for the discrepancy. Given enough time, any location will yield a misfortune that could be used in this narrative. What we won’t see are any predictions based on this conspiracy theory that will save lives.

    Given that many witnesses have used onomatopoeia in recounting some parts of these tragic events (BAM, POP, BANG…), should we open the search to include Adam West’s Batman footage? I jest, but in all seriousness I find it disheartening that we are willing to ignore the larger risks of being outside of class (as Am_Sci pointed out) for the fear generated in this case without evidence.

  7. Am_Sci
    January 3, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    If he understood statistics, do you think he’d have written that article?

  8. Chew
    January 4, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Nope, I don’t think he would have. Was it John Allen Paulos who wrote there is a direct correlation between a person overestimating the probability of coincidences and their belief in pseudoscience?

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