December 19, 2012
While nerves are still on edge after the recent school shooting in Connecticut, some wags at local high schools are diligently circulating a rumor that someone is going to shoot up one of the schools on Friday, to celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar cycle. Naturally the rumor is spreading and upsetting people. I don't take the initial rumor seriously, but since you never can tell when someone who hears the rumor might get revved up and take it into his head to actually do it, it kind of puts the school on the hot seat deciding what precautions they should take.
I hope that when they find the little turkey who started the rumor, they expel him.
A woman I work with said that when she was growing up, they used to get bomb threats every time somebody wanted to get a day off school.
Someone should remind the kids that around here all they have to do is break a mercury thermometer to get 3 days off. (For real.)