Found out my hometown school district is closed the next two days due to threats of violence because of the Mayan apocalypse. Really!?—
Raina Regan (@rainaregan) December 20, 2012
Michigan is closing 33 schools early due to the Mayan Apocalypse. Students heard the news on their transistor radios by candlelight.—
Thomas (@ThoMurr) December 20, 2012
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.
Not going to school next friday .. people saying "since the worlds gunna end might as well die with a bang" I'm not getting shot at school!—
Jontell Foster♪♬♪ (@jontellfoster) December 14, 2012
i am not going to school Friday. not gonna chance some moron "going out with a bang" and shooting up the school because "the worlds ending"—
Brandon (@brandonquincy) December 18, 2012
There are crazy students at my school ;/ people threatning to bring guns and bang BANG half the school friday -_- my ass will be GONE—
♥ ♥ (@Simply_SOCKS) December 19, 2012
Horribly, there are such tweets.
Fuck this man Im going to school on Friday. Bang mothafuckin bang. 🔫—
Thickness ™ (@c_curlssss) December 20, 2012
Who ever go to school Friday gone feel like they in a chief keef video you gone here so much bang bang BANG!!—
Ra'Quon Glenn (@Super_Man32) December 20, 2012
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.
They're closing schools…due to Mayan "end of the world" rumors. I just can't. I can't, I what, I cannot English right now.—
The Doctor's Wife (@Blue_Rose_) December 20, 2012
Schools are closing because "the distraction of students related to the Mayan Calendar." Shows how undoubtedly retarded we are as a society.—
Deyna Saari (@DeynaDane) December 20, 2012
My kids' schools are closed due to overwhelming concern of another school shooting in relation to the Mayan calendar, what.the actual.fuck?!—
Cocky McCockerson (@Randy_was_here) December 20, 2012
Hahah some county's in Michigan have closed school for tomorrow for "the end of the world"—
Jamie Machowicz (@JamieMachowicz) December 20, 2012
Two school districts are closed in Macomb County due to "End of the world threats"… Wut—
Matthew Musary (@MeerMatt) December 20, 2012
12 school districts in my area are now closed Thursday and Friday for threats of violence and fears the world will end Friday.—
Amber (@punkyamber) December 20, 2012
Someone told me that her childrens school will be closed Friday bc of the whole end of the world talk..they r doing entirely too much..—
Se7en Of Spadez (@SweetnSourBunny) December 19, 2012
school is cancelled due to threats against students… and the "mayan calendar predicting the end of the world" – our superintendent hahaha—
Katie Newton (@KTnewton11) December 20, 2012
So people closed down school districts because they heard rumors about the end of the world??!! 😳😳 people please getcha life!!—
Chevonne Abrams (@ChevieA2014) December 20, 2012
Every school is closed except from Plymouth -Ann Arbor -Ypsilanti area because of the end if the world rumor—
TriℓℓestΔ (@BroItsCory_) December 20, 2012
They taking this end of the world shit to serious. Two school districts closed for today and tomorrow. Get a grip—
~Cold Hearted~ (@_____Ashli) December 20, 2012
Detroit closing schools for a few days bec people are "talking" about Newtown and worries over Mayan calendar predictions. What??—
Political Football (@PoliticalFball) December 20, 2012
Okay now, now y'all over doing it. I can understand about copycat threats about the school shootings, but for the Mayan apocalypse? C'mon!!—
The New Age Outlaw (@Supernova1177) December 20, 2012
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.
I'm honestly terrified to go to school Friday. SO many rumors about shootings for the end of the world. So many districts already closed.—
autumn. † (@akThorns) December 20, 2012
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.”
My old school is on lockdown due to a Mayan revolt student with a plan for Friday, el oh el.—
Lanie Frazier (@lanieisconfused) December 19, 2012
enforcement regarding a rumor circulating among some GCHS via social media networks about a “student revolt” planned for this Friday….—
ashley anne (@tellhertwotimes) December 19, 2012
My Mom just got a call from GB to keep her kids from going to school Fri. cause of the end of the world student revolt. People are idiots.—
Cody T (@cody_explody) December 19, 2012
Twitchy will continue to monitor this situation and update with further developments.