'My school is closed for Mayan doomsday': End of world fears, Twitter violence threats cause school closures

Wait, what?

Heh. But, it’s really happening.

NBC news reports that 33 schools in Mich. are closing, in part due to Mayan doomsday prophesy fears, and tweets that further spark such fears with threats of violence.

Horribly, there are such tweets.

So, are the closures due to Mayan calendar doomsday panic or threats of violence? One school district said this:

A statement on their website reads as follows: “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.”

“These rumors have been a serious distraction for students, teachers, administrators, and parents.” Matt Wandrie, superintendent of Lapeer schools, said in an additional statement. “Although we in the county are reluctant to cancel school because the rumors are unsubstantiated, we feel it is the most appropriate decision given the gravity of recent events and our present circumstances.

While it is understandable to take every threat seriously after the tragedy in Newtown, Twitter is buzzing over the fact that the Mayan end of world rumors were given at all as a partial reasoning for school closures.

Believe it; many took to Twitter to comment and to report on school closings in their areas.

It’s not all just mockable Mayan panic, though. As Twitchy reported, many parents and students battled through fear to attend school on Monday in the wake of the shootings. That fear is still there and is now compounded by further threats.

Tennessee joins Michigan in closing some schools.

Again, it is tied to the Mayan calendar. Social media shows some students making threats about a “student revolt” involving weapons, since the “world is going to end.”

Twitchy will continue to monitor this situation and update with further developments.

  • Steve_J

    How stupid do people have to be to believe the Mayan Calander garbage?

    • Infinite_Indeterminism

      If the school administrators believe it, then we’re In Deep Shit. But if the closings are simply a precaution against possible unrest around/in schools, then I agree with the closings – for entirely prosaic reasons: By removing the students, one minimizes the risk of attacks against the schools, and at the same time the students are no longer in any one place, thereby minimizing the risk of attacks against the students as a group.

      AND: As one other commentator pointed out, when do the schools close for Christmas ?

    • Ntr

      Well, most of these same districts went heavily Obama during the past two elections…

      There’s your answer.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Steve, if you read some of those threatening tweets, I’m guessing they don’t attend school on most other days anyway.

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    It’s sad but not surprising that, instead of just shrugging it off as nonsense, that this actually happens.

    BTW, the Maya had tablets with dates way past 12/21/12.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      That’s . . . what they WANT you to think . . .

  • stuckinIL4now

    These imbeciles are making me want to root for the end of the world–like it’s time to scrap this disaster we’ve become and start all over from scratch, minus the imbeciles.

  • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

    It saddens me that young people (because some of these, if not the bulk are teenagers) will take something like CT and then something like the Mayan Calender and make comments of that nature. They have no concept of how they need to be more responsible with their words. It just goes to show you that personal responsibility and accountability for one’s actions no longer exists in the public school system, or at home. Mind = Blown.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    You guys are all gonna be laughing out of the other sides of your mouths tomorrow when Nibiru hits!

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Mayan Apocalypse = No more Warmingology sermons from Pope Al.

    Hurrah for Mayan Apocalypse!

  • Denise Shields

    good grief! I will give them the fact that some people are crazy and may try something but they won’t be Mayans. The Mayans didn’t have Leap Year did they? wouldn’t that change the math?

  • http://twitter.com/MDMorris_1707 Michael Morris

    This is weird, in the school districts around here the schools are closing tomorrow because that’s when Christmas break starts.

  • stuckinIL4now

    Hey it’s well into 12/21/12 on most of the earth right now, so has the ending begun? C’mon, when is it supposed to get here?

  • Danny Wheeler

    Such silliness. Look, people, when Jesus was on this earth, even HE didn’t know when the world would end. And if even the very Son of God didn’t know (at least, while on earth), then who are WE to guess?

    Just remember–the world will end when God decides it ends.

  • Kade Katrak

    The theoretical end of the world is at 6:11. If we go to school we are perfectly safe because the world has already not ended. Riots traditionally occur in the lead up to doomsday not after it is already proven false. Are students in those counties to dumb to get it right?

    • Infinite_Indeterminism

      And how many whackos have heard of that time stamp ? Besides, some whackos may react violently after the “event”, and you can’t rule out the version that uses the rumor as an excuse to wreak havoc. Kindly remember that those likely to riot or attack, are not the most stable minds around…

      Yes, some cases in the past petered out as the time came and went without the promised event occurring – what’s “traditionally” happening is not a reliable prediction of future kerfuffles.

      Besides, it’s Christmas day tuesday, why not take off a day early ?