Michigan Closes Schools Early Because of Mayan Apocalypse

More than 30 Michigan schools closed early for the holidays, citing Mayan calendar predictions that the world will end on Friday, reported NBC News

Matt Wandrie, superintendent for Lapeer Community Schools, said "doomsday rumors are running rampant in several districts, adding to fears raised by last week's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut."

"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," Wandrie said.