More than 80 schoolchildren in Peru are experiencing what many believe is demon possession, according to ChristianToday.com.
Most of the children are between the ages of 11 and 14 and attend the Elsa Perea Flores School in the town of Tarapoto in northern Peru.
The students are reportedly experiencing extreme behaviors including intense seizures, convulsions, and random fainting spells. They also experienced screaming fits and appeared delirious at times.
In addition to these abnormal symptoms, the students experienced frightening hallucinations of a man dressed in black coming after them.
These behaviors and symptoms have reportedly been occurring since last month.
"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]," said Doctor Antony Choy.
Parents of the possessed children are worried and confused.
"She fainted in school," one of the mothers said, referring to her daughter. "They didn't say anything at the hospital. She just fainted. She keeps on spitting froth from her mouth."
One of the students described what it felt like when she showed symptoms of possession: "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," she said.
Franklin Steiner, a parapsychologist who is an expert on paranormal and psychic phenomena, said it is possible the students were experiencing demon possession because the school they attend is built on a Mafia graveyard.
"It is known that years ago there were many victims of terrorism here. When this school was built, some say bones and dead bodies were found," he explained.
Publication date: May 20, 2016
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