Rumors of an impending Mayan apocalypse have prompted the closure of 33 schools in Michigan. The closure, beginning today, was two days earlier than schools were scheduled to close for the Christmas holiday.
Superintendent Matt Wandrie stated that the closure in his district was also in part due to several statements overheard from students and perceived threats posted on Twitter. The pervasive discussion of a Mayan apocalypse along with the massacre occurring in Newtown, Connecticut last week has prompted the school official to err on the side of caution.
As reported by Click On Detroit, two Michigan High school students were arrested on Wednesday and are being charged with “Threat of Terrorism,” after making a threat against Millington High School and its students. Millington High school is included in the 33 closures.
December 21st has been rumored to be the day the word will end according to the Mayan calender. Although this fact has been disputed and debunked by historians, archaeologists, and even modern-day Mayans, the rumors persist and have become quite popular in the media and on social networking sites.
In a statement posted on the school’s website, Superintendent Wandrie stated the following concerning closures in his district:
“Given the recent events in Connecticut, there have been numerous rumors circulating in our district, and in neighboring districts, about potential threats of violence against students. Additionally, rumors connected to the Mayan calendar predicted end of the world on Friday have also surfaced.
These rumors of violence have been thoroughly investigated and determined to be false. There have been no credible threats made against any of our students. However, these rumors have been a serious distraction for students, teachers, administrators, and parents. Therefore, given the significant disruption to the teaching and learning process, I have decided, along with my fellow superintendents of Lapeer County, to cancel school for both Thursday, December 20th, and Friday, December 21st.”
Wandrie concludes his statement on a more positive note, wishing the students, parents, and staff a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The superintendent looks forward to seeing everyone back to school on January 7, 2013.