December 21, 2012 is a date that many sees as a day of destructionÂ—way too many people erroneously believe that the world will end this Friday. Experts keep trying to reassure everyone that the Mayan calendar doesn't actually predict a doomsday event, but sadly they weren't able to keep one man in China from reacting to the apocalypse rumors in a shockingly violent way.
Last week a man named Min Yongjun allegedly entered an elementary school in Chenpeng village and proceeded to attack and injure 23 children with a kitchen knife. Miraculously, no one was killed.
The incident is being compared to the Sandy Hook shooting in America that left 20 children dead, with gun rights activists pointing out that Yongjun was able to attack multiple people without a gun. However, anti-gun activists have pointed out that all of his victims survived, and it's possible that the outcome of the China attack would have been just as tragic as the Sandy Hook shooting if Yongjun had been armed.
The two school attacks on different sides of the world are both shocking and disturbing, but that's not the only thing they have in commonÂ—they both might have something to do with all the talk about the Mayan apocalypse occurring on December 21, 2012.
According to The Huffington Post, an investigation found that Min Yongjun was strongly affected by "doomsday rumors." Of course this doesn't explain why he attacked a bunch of children, but perhaps rumors about the world ending are deeply affecting many people who are already mentally unstable. It has also been reported that Nancy Lanza, the mother of the Sandy Hook shooter, was a doomsday prepper. If she was worried about the end of the world, perhaps her troubled son was, too.
It's hard to imagine why anyone would violently lash out at the rest of the world because of rumors that most people are laughing off, but obviously the two school attackers weren't thinking like normal people. Hopefully Friday comes and goes without anyone else ending lives because of ridiculous rumors about the end of the world.