Several children at a school in Peru have experienced seizures and hallucinations of a man in black attempting to strangle and kill them. Locals are calling the incident a case of mass demonic possession.
Disturbing footage has surfaced of around 80 school children having convulsions, seizures and foaming from the mouth at Elsa Perea Flores School in northern Peru. Most of the children are aged between 11 and 14. Concerned parents flocked to the school, immediately taking their children to the hospital.
Experts are dubbing the incident as a case of “contagious mass hysteria,” but have been unable to explain what sparked the initial outbreak. Rumors are circulating that the school was built over a Mafia graveyard. Supposedly, during the construction of the school, workers unearthed mass graves harboring bones of people who had been tortured and killed by the local Mafia.
“It is known that years ago there were many victims of terrorism here,” paranormal investigator Franklin Steiner told sources. “When this school was built, some say bones and dead bodies were found,” he added.
Other locals have suggested that the school children may have tampered with games that summon demons, like an Ouija board.
The first case of supposed daemonic possession occurred in April. Now, approximately 80 students have experienced the contagious condition. Health authorities are obfuscated by the outbreak and are struggling to maintain the epidemic.
Doctor Antony Choy told national channel Panamericana TV: “We don’t understand how this has kept [on] going on. We know it started on 29th April and now it is still happening. Now there are almost 80 pupils [still affected].”
School teachers claim the incidences occurred in many classes. Some of the students convulsed, fainted and experienced disturbing hallucinations, whereas others sporadically became ill and vomited.
Elsa de Pizango, the mother of a daughter who experienced some of the symptoms, said, “She fainted in school. They didn’t say anything at the hospital. She just fainted. She keeps on spitting froth from her mouth.”
Another schoolgirl recapitulated her harrowing experience: “It’s disturbing for me to think about it. It’s as if someone kept on chasing me from behind. It was a tall man all dressed in black and with a big beard and it felt like he was trying to strangle me. My friends say I was screaming desperately, but I don’t remember much.”
While locals believe the episode is a demonic attack, social psychologists and mental health experts claim these incidences are a product of fear and anxiety disseminating within a population, like a student body stressed out during finals week.
This isn’t the first case of contagious hysterical behavior occurring among schoolchildren either. Just last month, for instance, a case of mass hysteria was reported in the school of Malaysia, according to Inquisitr. Several teachers and students reported seeing a spirit or black figure in the hallways and corridors. The incident triggered fear among students. Symptoms of demonic possession swept the school.
No one is sure what provoked the mass hysteria at the Peru school. So far, there has been no official explanation for the odd occurrence.