Mass hysteria causes people to wrongly think they are dying from an air freshener at a high school in Baltimore

According to wikipedia, mass hysteria is

a phenomenon that transmits collective illusions of threats, whether real or imaginary, through a population in society as a result of rumors and fear

That’s exactly what just happened at a high school in Baltimore.

After someone activated a pumpkin spice air freshener, people started having trouble breathing, and were taken to the hospital.

The school was evacuated, and emergency personnel were called.

Even though it turned out to be just an air freshener, experts said that evacuating the school was a good idea, just in case it had been something worse.

On the one hand, there’s a big part of me that has to agree with these experts.

On the other hand, just several decades ago, it probably would have been considered preposterous to evacuate a school under such circumstances.

All I can say about this is that the world sure has changed since I was a kid.

 

October 6, 2017. Tags: , . Psychology.

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