(Manila) Two more universities have opted to cancel classes today following yesterday’s decision by the Polytechnic University of the Philippines to suspend classes in response to text messages citing a threat of radioactive fallout from the current nuclear crisis in Japan.
The Department of Science and Technology had already issued two statements Monday afternoon assuring the public that no such threat from radioactive fallout exists. Two new scary SMS messages, however, have surfaced raising concerns about public safety.
A variant of one of these messages reads:
“PLS PASS TO YOUR LOVD ONES: Radioactive fallout from Japan will not come through acid rain. It is invisible, odorless, and virtually undetectable. If exposed, your DNA will merge with nearest animal so avoid animals today. This is not a hoax so you can pass it around. PLS PLS PLZ.”
Rumors of mutated frogs and spiders have already been circulating as early as Tuesday morning.
“We are very concerned if there are mutated animals,” said SP02 Danilo Bonoan, “but these are merely rumors as of now. What scares us is if there are mutated turtles. Those can be dangerous, especially if they have ninja training.”
Both universities were unavailable for comment on their decision to suspend classes.