So long as prayers to God remain banned in classrooms, so should any sort of demonic activity, most would likely argue.
One Milwaukee public school teacher apparently felt differently. According to local news station WISN, the unnamed teacher recently introduced her students at Zablocki Elementary to a Ouija board, and the results were anything but quaint.
Speaking with the station, one mother complained that her 5-year-old son was “now having nightmares.”
“He’s scared now to go to bed at night, to be in the dark, anything alone,” she said.
In an email to the mother, the teacher reportedly claimed that the Ouija board had been in the classroom since Halloween and that she she had just wanted to have some fun.
“The kids have been asking for a scary story and I got the board and moved the paper clip to answer some of their questions,” she wrote. “They asked about scary characters in movies. I did not say there were spirits. It was all done in fun. I understand your concern. It was silly and I’m sorry. I will take the board home and this won’t happen again.”
The mother was not satisfied, though.
“They were shutting off the lights and making it dark and talking to spirits,” she said. “That’s not something that should be at school.”
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Of course, whether Ouija boards were indeed a gateway to the spiritual realm was not exactly clear, though many have argued for decades that there was evidence both for and against this belief.
In a piece published to the BBC four years ago, cognitive neuroscientist Tom Stafford attributed the board’s strange behavior to the “ideomotor effect,” a psychological phenomenon in which the subjects (the people holding the board) make motions unconsciously, thus causing the board to seemingly “communicate” with them.
Believers, like those in the Ghost Research Society, claim otherwise.
“The Ouija board is a vehicle which makes it easy for negative spirits and demonic forces to enter this plane of existence,” it quoted an Indiana-based psychic as having cautioned. “Once they have gained the trust of their victims, it is easy for the entity to move in and take over either by strongly influencing that person, or by outright possession.”
So which interpretation was true?
Here’s a better question: Does it really matter?
Either way, the Ouija board should not be in a classroom, period, which explains why the teacher in this story has since been placed on administrative leave and may soon be fired outright, assuming the frustrated mother gets her way.
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