File this one under "truth is stranger than fiction." What does it say about our culture when popularized fiction bridges the gap to reality and school officials actually have to spend their time dealing with issues like this? Your thoughts?

A school administrator wants to set the record straight: There are no vampires at Boston Latin.

The headmaster of the prestigious exam school took the unusual step today of sending a notice to faculty, students, and parents saying that "rumors involving 'vampires'" had begun spreading through the building Wednesday, causing disruption and anxiety for a number of students.

Lynne Mooney Teta asked everyone's help in calming the school community down.

"I seek your cooperation in redirecting your energy toward the learning objectives of the day. Please do not sensationalize or discuss these rumors," she said.

She also said she was concerned that some students' safety might be jeopardized because of the rumors, and asked students to report if any student is being harassed.

"At no time was anyone's safety in jeopardy," she said.

Source: Boston Globe
http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/03/boston_latin_of.html

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