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'Evil spiritsí disrupts teaching (Durban, SA; police cordon off road near school)
The Durban Daily News ^ | March 3, 2010 | Slindile Maluleka

Posted on 03/03/2011 5:15:46 PM PST by Stoat

‘Evil spirits’ disrupts teaching

March 3 2011 at 09:22pm
By Slindile Maluleka


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Teaching at a Durban school was disrupted yesterday and today amid a wave of hysteria as pupils claimed they were being possessed by evil spirits.

Durban Girls’ Secondary School in Dartnell Crescent, Greyville, was closed again today because of further disruptions.

Police, who were called to the school yesterday, cordoned off the road as some pupils were reportedly seen running wildly across it soon after 10am.

Some were rolling on the pavement.

The school’s governing body chairman, Sam Kikine, who arrived later, confirmed that the pupils were hysterical.

“The incident affected a few pupils from three classes. It started in one class and jumped to another,” Kikine said.

At least two local church pastors were called in by school authorities to pray for the girls, whose parents were also contacted.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education instructed the school management to close the school and dismiss the pupils for the day.

Its spokeswoman, Mbali Thusi, said religious leaders from different denominations would also be asked to pray at the school. “The department would then consult with parents on a way forward,” she said.

Police spokesman Captain Khephu Ndlovu said that when he arrived at the school, pupils were screaming and crying inside and outside the school.

“A group of pupils was praying for another pupil who was screaming on the pavement outside the school,” Ndlovu said.

“The road was cordoned off for control purposes. Police were there to monitor the situation.”

A pupil who spoke to the Daily News said she felt dehydrated and could feel strange movements in her stomach.

Anthony Pierce, the chief executive of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA in KwaZulu-Natal, who visited the school during the incident, said department officials must meet staff and give them psychological help.

“Teachers were terrified after the incident,” he said.

“After that they need to meet with pupils. Officials need to unearth how the incident started.” - Daily News



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; bewitchment; durban; evilspirits; hysteria; masshysteria; medicine; napl; psychiatry; psychology; southafrica
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1 posted on 03/03/2011 5:15:50 PM PST by Stoat
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To: Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro; Tax-chick
Do any of you know who is currently managing the African Witchcraft pinglist?

 

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2 posted on 03/03/2011 5:19:15 PM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat


3 posted on 03/03/2011 5:24:54 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Stoat

Hogwash ping ...


4 posted on 03/03/2011 5:26:56 PM PST by Scythian
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5 posted on 03/03/2011 5:27:56 PM PST by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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6 posted on 03/03/2011 5:32:18 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono; TSgt

Countng down to ‘somebody’ posting the obligatory Helen Thomas pic in 3.....2....1....


7 posted on 03/03/2011 5:35:21 PM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

“Mass hysteria also occurs worldwide regardless of ethnicity”

Uh huh.


8 posted on 03/03/2011 5:38:14 PM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many younger conservative Christians out there? __ Click my name)
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9 posted on 03/03/2011 5:42:12 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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10 posted on 03/03/2011 5:44:37 PM PST by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: TSgt


11 posted on 03/03/2011 5:49:25 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

Hey! How did you get a picture of my mother-in-law?!?


12 posted on 03/03/2011 5:53:05 PM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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13 posted on 03/03/2011 5:53:39 PM PST by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: Stoat
"It's da debil!!"
14 posted on 03/03/2011 5:55:46 PM PST by Right Angler
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15 posted on 03/03/2011 5:57:16 PM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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16 posted on 03/03/2011 6:06:50 PM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

17 posted on 03/03/2011 6:23:22 PM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: Stoat; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
It isn't just in South Africa.


18 posted on 03/03/2011 6:31:11 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: JoeProBono

Dang, Joe! You know how that movie scares me to death!!! Guess I’ll make some coffee since I won’t be sleeping much tonight!


19 posted on 03/03/2011 6:48:13 PM PST by momtothree
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To: momtothree

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20 posted on 03/03/2011 7:13:33 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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21 posted on 03/03/2011 8:43:01 PM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: JoeProBono

22 posted on 03/03/2011 9:13:19 PM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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23 posted on 03/03/2011 9:45:02 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

What’s with the pic of Bob Dylan?


24 posted on 03/03/2011 9:46:41 PM PST by dfwgator
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Are you sure that isn’t Keith Richards?


25 posted on 03/03/2011 10:45:08 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post.)
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To: JoeProBono

26 posted on 03/03/2011 11:27:29 PM PST by Daffynition ( DBKP ~ Death By 1000 Papercuts)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Stoat
"...cultural belief systems serve as the catalyst."

My first thought.

27 posted on 03/04/2011 1:57:29 AM PST by TheOldLady
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To: TSgt
SPIRITS CLEAN-2sm
28 posted on 03/04/2011 2:13:10 AM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: TheOldLady

My oujia board agrees.


29 posted on 03/04/2011 2:47:19 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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