DETROIT - Schools in multiple Michigan counties have canceled classes for the rest of the week due to rumors of potential threats following the Connecticut shootings and fear over Mayan "end-of-the-world" predictions.
The closures mostly affect schools in the Lapeer and Genesee counties.
The Millington Community School District in Tuscola County and the Marlette Community School District in Sanilac County also canceled classes for the rest of the week "due to recent events"--as stated on their websites.
A letter on the Chatfield School's Website was posted late Wednesday:
Dear Chatfield Families,
We apologize for the late email, but we need to share some important information with you regarding all schools in Lapeer County. The decision was made by the Lapeer County School Districts to cancel all classes and extracurricular activities on Thursday Dec. 20 and Friday, Dec. 21. Because the entire
county is cancelling classes, The Chatfield School must also cancel classes for Thursday, Dec. 20 and Friday, Dec. 21.
The decision to cancel classes is not an easy one. After the recent events in Connecticut, there have been numerous rumors circulating in neighboring districts about potential threats of violence against students.
Additional rumors about the Mayan calendar predictions and related violence have caused significant disruptions in several Lapeer County Schools. These rumors have been thoroughly investigated and determined to be false. We are pleased to report that at Chatfield there have been absolutely no threats of violence and students, staff and parents have acted admirably. In fact, we anticipate that many of our
students and staff will be disappointed that school has been closed.
Please reassure your children that treat street, reindeer, and trolley rides will be rescheduled for a date in early January. We wish you all a peaceful and joyous holiday vacation and we look forward to seeing you on Monday, January 7th ready to begin a new year of learning!
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