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School classes suspended over ‘evil spirits'

Posted on Monday, 1 July, 2013 | Comment icon 25 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A case of mass hysteria has hit a school in the Philippines involving more than 20 teenage students.

The incident took place at Isaac Lopez Integrated School in Mandaluyong City and started when a Grade 8 teacher observed one girl fainting while another stood up and started to act strangely towards her unconscious classmate, prompting staff to restrain her. Later the same day several more students started to act in a similar way, some convulsing on the floor while others exhibited uncontrollable bouts of hysteric crying.

Things eventually got so out of hand that parents were coming to the school to pick up their children and the principal had no choice but to suspend classes for the day. Some of the students were allowed to return home while others were taken to a nearby church and blessed in the belief that it would rid them of evil spirits. An officer in charge of the school believes that the incident stemmed from a group of students who had visited a graveyard and conducted a seance beforehand. "They might have invited the spirits [to possess them]," he said.

"Classes were suspended Thursday at Isaac Lopez Integrated School in Mandaluyong City after around 20 students aged between 12 and 16 started acting strangely - screaming, crying, fainting and convulsing - prompting claims that they were possessed by evil spirits."

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Comment icon #16 Posted by third_eye on 1 July, 2013, 22:17
15 years in UK is alright I guess ... here in the tropics we still have those really old ones ... where the people would not touch and usually you'll see altars dedicated to it in some or another. THere is an old flame of the forest right at the historical junction of town once was struck by lightning, for months it looked like the tree would die and they were considering cutting it down, it was in a center of a round about. As soon as the contractors and crew got in the heavy machinery to the work on the clearing around it, it started sprouting green. Needless to say they hauled themse... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by jpjoe on 2 July, 2013, 2:38
I don't think it's "evil" per se. But I can't say it's a hoax either, since I've had experienced once before when I was a tween, although while alone. It's uncontrollable and really scary.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Hobbit Feet on 2 July, 2013, 14:32
Reeks of Salem
Comment icon #19 Posted by Kissmet on 3 July, 2013, 20:52
This happened in my country and this isn't the first time similar curcumstances have happened. I myself have been a witness of a possesion, I close friend of my hubby and I as well as my cousin during her youn ger years were possesed by entities called "tikbalang" and "kapre".
Comment icon #20 Posted by The_Spirit_of_Truth on 5 July, 2013, 2:21
Well, immediately two things have got into my mind. First of them is that all of the students can have a silent agreement to behave strangely, and the second of them is that they all were influenced by some chemical and/or demonical things and similarly.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Emeraldgemheart on 11 October, 2013, 16:36
And just another reason why I do my schoolwork online.
Comment icon #22 Posted by ReaperS_ParadoX on 12 October, 2013, 21:12
Wouldnt something that possessed you want to keep it secret? They wouldnt stand up and say im possessed
Comment icon #23 Posted by Lone lotus on 21 November, 2013, 3:41
Because you live in the mainstream western world. Many, many other people don't. Compared to what the rest of the world believes, western cynicism may well be the minority. Sure, they have their share of hoaxes and groundless hysteria, but it isn't the taboo that it is in the western world, which makes for a whole different reality.
Comment icon #24 Posted by psyche101 on 21 November, 2013, 5:30
Gawd, are you lot serious? Schoolkids possessed by evil spirits? Here, you're going to need this too.
Comment icon #25 Posted by psyche101 on 21 November, 2013, 5:32
Although a day off school sounds pretty likely, construction was happening in the area. Perhaps a toxic substance was disturbed.

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