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26 girls fall ill in mass hysteria incident


Posted on Friday, 4 July, 2014 | Comment icon 30 comments

The mysterious ailment seemed to spread at a remarkable rate. Image Credit: sxc.hu
More than two dozen students at a girls high school in Japan suddenly became unwell at the same time.
The strange turn of events at Yanagawa High School began at around 10am on Monday when a first-year student suddenly shrieked and fell down in the middle of a lesson.

A short time later two more girls did exactly the same thing, as did several others who came to see what was happening. The peculiar malady had soon affected a total of 26 students who all ended up having to be sent home.

Reports indicated that many of the girls had turned pale before collapsing which lead to rumors on social media that they had been possessed by evil spirits. The school closed down for the rest of that day and the next, however all of the girls went on to make a full recovery.

Psychiatrist Rika Kayama believes that the students may have been struck by a case of mass hysteria and panic prompted by the contagious nature of stress and tension during adolescence. A strongly held belief in the occult may have also been a contributing factor.

"The only thing you can do (to avoid the recurrence of such incidents) is to distance yourself from people and topics that triggered such incidents," said Kayama. "Rumors spread quickly in today’s society, through Twitter and other means, raising the possibility of panic attacks."

Source: Japan Times | Comments (30)

Tags: Mass Hysteria, Japan

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #21 Posted by SaraT on 6 July, 2014, 10:50
I heard this story too. I thought it was an urban legend. And haha. Not every teenage girl is crazy guys. Not even most. You are undoubtedly right about girls. It's women who are crazy because men make them so.
Comment icon #22 Posted by jesspy on 6 July, 2014, 10:53
Was there A) a cute boy/boy band nearby an impressive sale on shoes or C) were they overstressed Japanese HS girls (the industrialized nation with the highest suicide rate and lowest sex per capita) because any of those things might explain it. Or D) A giant alien octopus with many tentacles.......
Comment icon #23 Posted by Hawkin on 9 July, 2014, 2:18
26 screaming girls. No wonder guys have Selective Hearing Disorder
Comment icon #24 Posted by dharma warrior on 10 July, 2014, 17:12
I'm a huge fan of Japanese culture and history but Japanese kids can be somewhat lemming like at times.
Comment icon #25 Posted by docyabut2 on 11 July, 2014, 21:37
I remember reading of the other cases where girls in school came down with symptoms of jerking and twitching, the only thing I could think of what would all the girls have in common in a school, some chemical or bacteria in the tampons in a machine in the girls bathrooms that they used that got into their systems.
Comment icon #26 Posted by TheLochNessMonster on 15 July, 2014, 1:01
Hysterical girls? Surely not? Lmao this comment literally made me laugh out loud!
Comment icon #27 Posted by Toxic-2-be on 18 July, 2014, 0:55
Did they check to see if there could of been an actual agent in the area causing hallucinations they really don't go into detail here accept about what they think is going on.
Comment icon #28 Posted by the.truth.is.out.there.x on 22 July, 2014, 22:32
Weird. Something similar happened in NY a few years ago,that people thought was mass hysteria; where all these kids in a school had developed behavioral and movement "ticks". Turns out that it was some Neuro Psychiatric disease where there immune system glitched and if they were near certain germs they would act all crazy and stuff. It could be that in this case too.
Comment icon #29 Posted by docyabut2 on 23 July, 2014, 10:42
Weird. Something similar happened in NY a few years ago,that people thought was mass hysteria; where all these kids in a school had developed behavioral and movement "ticks". Turns out that it was some Neuro Psychiatric disease where there immune system glitched and if they were near certain germs they would act all crazy and stuff. It could be that in this case too. they were all girls from a school and what would girls all have in common? http://www.nytimes.c...wanted=all&_r=0
Comment icon #30 Posted by Rei4ever on 6 August, 2014, 5:59
And I call this mass ghost/spirit possession , Usually because girls have more emotionally weak (But not all just some) thats when evil spirits attack...


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