Elsa Perea Flores School in the city of Tarapoto, Peru, is making headlines after 80 students reported having seizures, convulsions and multiple hallucinations. A video recorded shows children under the age of 15 screaming, fainting and appearing delirious as ambulances rush into the school, carrying some of them out for medical assistance.
Authorities and experts are now studying the situation and trying to gain insight into the likely cause of the phenomenon.
“It’s disturbing for me to think about it. It’s as if someone kept on chasing me from behind,” said one unidentified student.
“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,” the student added.
One girl said that she heard strange voices and saw many of her classmates fainting around the same time she got nauseous.
Parapsychologist Franklin Steiner, who is looking into the incident, has previous experience with psychic and paranormal phenomena. “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 stated.
Although no evident causes of the hallucinations have been found, locals believe all this could be a result of demonic interference, suspecting that some students’ activities may have invoked the fury of demons or spirits. However, further investigation is underway.
A similar incident involving mass hysteria recently took place in a school in Malaysia where students reported seeing bizarre figures around the premises and experienced hallucinations.