11 teenagers, ranging in age from 13 to 17, have been discovered by lecturers after having collapsed in a hallway at Agricultural Technical Institute in Hato, Colombia, following an incident wherein that they had reportedly used a Ouija board.
Ouija boards—flat boards with numbers and letters written on them that spell out solutions to questions requested by individuals based on the placement of a planchette held by these taking part—are controversial within the paranormal group, with some positing that they act as a form of “gateway” for darkish forces.
Whether or not or not the youngsters concerned on this incident have been stricken by such forces is up for debate.
Skeptics keep that it’s the ideomotor phenomenon that’s chargeable for any obvious efficacy had by Ouija boards, and that they’re no extra able to contacting the lifeless than some other board sport.
Nevertheless, Jose Pablo Toloza Rondón, the mayor of Hato, mentioned in a press release that the Ouija board taking part in an element within the teenagers situation had not been dominated out.
“The youngsters have been handed out; on the time they have been discovered they have been wanting breath and thick drool was popping out of their mouths. It isn’t dominated out that it was the Ouija board, that’s a part of the investigation. Others say that they consumed water from a container, others that they got here from a pool and had been given one thing to eat,” he mentioned.
An interview with the teenagers later decided that that they had, in truth, all drank from the identical glass.
They have been taken to Manuela Beltrán Hospital, within the district of Socorro, the place they spent the day receiving remedy for his or her seemingly mysterious sickness.
“We went to El Hato and we discovered 11 sufferers between 13 and 17 years previous with vomiting, stomach ache and muscle spasms,” defined Juan Pablo Vargas Noguera, emergency medical coordinator at Hospital del Socorro. “We didn’t discover psychological alteration within the kids, taking into consideration that it was mentioned that it could have been from taking part in the Ouija board.”
“The medical report says it was as a result of meals poisoning,” he added.
The rectory of the Technical Institute has to this point declined to rule on the case, saying that they may wait till the information are clarified with authorities.
Claims of mass possession or affliction by spirits are comparatively frequent, particularly in growing international locations, and a number of other such incidents have been reported on by the Singular Fortean Society since 2018.
In October of 2019, 20 women at Fumbisi Senior Excessive and Agric college within the village of Fumbisi in Ghana’s Builsa District collapsed as a result of reported presence of a ghost on campus. An analogous case was reported in India earlier that yr, when a minimum of 5 women attending a authorities highschool have been reported to be “possessed.” In the meantime, that very same yr, inmates at a girls’s jail within the Tihar Jail jail advanced in India reportedly had repeated encounters with the ghost of a mysterious, wailing girl. And in October of 2018, mother and father in Peru have been involved that ‘demonic forces’ had possessed their kids following an incident at a boarding college involving a ouija board.
These experiences are sometimes taken significantly by authorities, and in 2018, Inocencio Pérez, mayor of the northern Colombian metropolis of Pajarito, declared that each one minors underneath 17 years of age be topic to a curfew following a collection of what he considers assaults by “evil spirits” invoked utilizing the favored social media utility Whatsapp.