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Some parents unamused by county-wide school cancellation

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Dozens of schools in two Michigan counties have canceled classes for the rest of the week amid rumored threats of violence and problems related to doomsday scenarios based on the Mayan calendar.

Schools in Genesee and Lapeer counties started the Christmas break Wednesday night rather than hold classes Thursday and Friday. The decision affected thousands of students.

The early winter break doesn't sit well with some parents and students in Genesee County.  TV5 visited parents in Flushing to get their reactions to the county-wide school shutdown.

"I think there's a fear anyway, but we can't live in fear," said parent Michelle Waller. Waller's two children attend Flushing High School.

Waller took time out before her workout this morning at "The Gym for Her" in downtown Flushing to talk about the massive cancellation of classes.  Her family isn't too keen on the early winter break.

"We talked about it last night, and they are pretty despondent about it, they thought the bullies are winning, because of the fact that they want to go to school," said Waller. "In fact they were going to put out a thing on Facebook saying [the] students should rally and go to school, because the bullies are winning."

A graduate of Flushing High School says she still has friends who go there, and they're not very excited about the fact that they got an early winter break.

"No, I never thought this would happen, this is insane, like Flushing never closes first of all, and just to have threats like that, it's scary even as a former student," said Kelsey Howe.

A current student TV5 found at the school echoed those thoughts. "It's good and bad for some reasons, because we've got to deal with all the threats and stuff that's been going on," said student Flushing junior Wesley Livingston. "I used to go to Millington High School, I don't really know the students there but it's a pretty sad situation here."

In a statement, Genesee County school officials say the fatal shooting at a Connecticut school last week "changed all of us." Lapeer-area schools Superintendent Matt Wandrie says rumors have become a major distraction for students and staff and have disrupted learning.

Friday is supposedly when ancient Mayans prophesized the end of the world.

Copyright 2012 WNEM (Meredith Corporation.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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