A total of 33 Michigan schools have closed two days early for the holidays because of Mayan doomsday rumors (video below) and worries about school violence, reports Mediaite.com.
The December 21 Mayan doomsday rumors have been repeatedly debunked by NASA, but apparently that is not enough for the school district.
Lapeer Community Schools superintendent Matt Wandrie told WDIV-TV that doomsday “rumors” are adding to fears about gun violence after last week’s shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Wandrie wrote on the Lapeer Community Schools' website: “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."
“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.”
Classes will resume in January 7, 2013, assuming the world doesn't end on December 21, 2012.