Steve Dibert, MFI-Miami

Two Counties in Mid-Michigan have closed their schools for Winter break two days early because of Mayan Doomsday prophesies.  The Flint Police Department posted this message on their Facebook page:

SCHOOLS CLOSED – Viewers, schools in the Genesee County Intermediate School District have unanimously agreed to close schools for the remainder of the week due to “Doomsday” rumors for Friday. All Genesee County Schools are closed. This includes most evening activities for all schools also. A complete list can be found at www.abc12.com or scrolling at the bottom of their screen

Other schools in Genesee County soon followed along with neighboring Lapeer County who issued this statement:

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. This includes all after school extracurricular events, programs and athletic contests and practices. 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.

On behalf of the Board of Education, teachers, administrators, and support personnel, I wish each of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to working with your children when school resumes on Monday, January 7th. Have a wonderful and enjoyable break!!

Matt Wandrie
Superintendent
Lapeer Community Schools

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