Ghost Shuts Down School in West Bengal

From India eNews via The Anamolist:

A school in a West Bengal village is closed for the last five days, courtesy a ‘ghost’ that resides in a haunted century-old neighbourhood house and ‘possesses’ young girl students at will.

Toiba High School at Kusumgram – a village in Burdwan district about 150 km from Kolkata – is stalked by the fear of an evil spirit these days after several girl students of the co-educational institution fell unconscious while in class.

Headmaster Sheikh Abdul Rashid, who was forced to declare holiday for an unspecified number of days, was uncertain whether classes could be resumed at all as superstition and wild rumours gripped not only the students but also their parents.

Rashid is going from home to home trying to convince parents that there isn’t any such thing as an ‘evil spirit’, but without much success.ghost1.gif

However, Paschim Banga Vigyan Mancha (PBVM), a non-governmental organisation that campaigns against superstition and supports promotion of scientific thinking, has met with some success. It has convinced the children’s parents to gather for a meeting on the school premises Tuesday to bust the fear and make their children attend a health check up camp.

‘We have met the parents and by studying the case history of the girls who fainted we found that most of them were suffering from various ailments, including hysteria,’ Srirup Gopal Goswami of PBVM Burdwan unit told IANS.

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