Lakewood police amped up patrols in all schools Friday due to chatter about the end-of-the-world possibly happening.
LAKEWOOD, Ohio - Lakewood police amped up patrols in all schools Friday due to chatter about the end-of-the-world possibly happening.
The police department said the topic of the world coming to an end was so prevalent in their schools and in the social media world, that police have decided to monitor the situation.
Officers said all of the talk thus far is unsubstantiated and is not credible.
Here is a statement the district issued later Friday morning:
"Rumors have been circulating about a possible threat of a shooting at Lakewood High School today. District and Lakewood Police officials have been investigating this rumor since last night and found no validity to it. The high emotions of the week related to the Mayan calendar "end of the world" prediction and aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy has prompted some additional rumors. Please know that our students' safety is our top concern and we are taking these rumors very seriously and all have been found to be only rumors. Additional security, including Lakewood Police Officers, will be in and around the high school today as a safety precaution. We also encourage anyone who witnesses anything suspicious to share these concerns with administration or call our 24-hour security hotline at 216-227-5311. Thank you for your support and cooperation."
As the winter solstice approached the Yucatan region, techno music parties sent waves of sound over beaches, minstrels strummed guitars for dining tourists, and life continued as usual for the Mayan people.
Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 is the date that the 5,000-year-old Mayan calendar ends. Some say that this means the Mayans predicted the end of the world.
Thirsty Dog Brewing has come up with an end-of-the-world beer called Mayan Last Dog.
A planetary kin circle features dozens of new-agers gathering to reflect on 2012 and look ahead to 2013 as part of a week-long ¨Galactic Festival¨ taking place on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.
If the end is coming, why not go out with a bang?
It's December 21 st . A loud bang outside startles you, and you jump out of bed. You run to the window to see people running around in the neighbor's yard. You think, "Is this Mayan calendar stuff legit?"
If you think the world may end on Dec. 21, NewsChannel5 Chief Meteorologist Mark Johnson's forecast may be right on target.