Friday, January 13, 2012

Children To Be Abducted by Drug Gangs (Mexico)

Guadalajara Reporter [Mexico]
13 January 2012

Hysterical parents keep kids away from school

Parents kept their kids away from school early this week in the wake of a false, quickly spreading rumor that drug gangs were planning to kidnap students.

The rumor provoked a form of mass hysteria, especially in neighborhoods in the southern part of Guadalajara, where primary school absenteeism peaked at 25 percent on Monday.

The panic began after a rumor spread rapidly that a drug cartel had placed “narcomantas” (public signs) outside schools on January 5 warning that youngsters would be kidnapped or killed unless one of their members was released from police custody. [...]