NEW AMSTERDAM, BERBICE – The New Amsterdam Islamic School re-opened yesterday.
Region Six Education Officer Shafiran Bhajan closed the institution last Wednesday after reports of what appeared to be a series of paranormal events.
The institution was constructed and opened a year ago. It is situated a short distance from the Stanleytown Cemetery in New Amsterdam.
The Regional Education Officer and a Welfare Officer visited the school last Wednesday and all of the students were sent home immediately after some of them appeared to be under the influence of what some called a demonic force.
Mrs. Bhajan said that the head teacher of the school reported to her, on Tuesday, that four senior girls suffered an attack. They were said to be screaming loudly, got what looked like seizures, that they spoke about things they did not know of and demanded rum and cigarettes.
According to the Regional Executive Officer, one of the girls said that she came from England and another said she was from America. One threatened to poison another.
Another girl said that she was there to help another female student who would have been killed. The victim she identified was said to be even sicker than the others and staff members immediately rushed to her assistance.
All in all during these mental aberrations, the students appear to have a burst of extra strength.
Last week, one woman related, “If yuh see them children – like is jumbie tek them over, possess them. Them get strong and some of them start to talk in tongue and thing like that and deh frothing up and so. I know a girl had to go to a obeah man fuh get treatment but me ain’t know what happen to she since.”
Another student, according to reports, had to be taken to a Christian Pastor to be exorcised.
On the other hand some persons believe that the children experienced a mental aberration and as such their minds played tricks on them.
The Chairman of the school was scheduled to visit the facility last Thursday. Though the school was closed for the three days, the teachers were required to report for duty and be engaged in professional development activities.
Last week was not the first time such occurrences took place at the New Amsterdam Islamic School. Mrs. Bhajan said that earlier in March, there was another episode.
Some persons, who claimed they witnessed the episode, said that the girls were ‘talking in tongues’ and staring in a fixated manner; some collapsed and all were said to be behaving badly.
The Regional Education Officer indicated that during the December school term, there were episodes for two consecutive days. The first set of students who were affected in December had complained of tummy aches and vomiting among other things.
The Administration of the school had conducted praying sessions to rid the institution of whatever it was that was affecting the students but this did not help.
The Region Six Education Officer and her team are scheduled to re-visit the institution later this week to monitor the situation.
Some persons are convinced that the students could be suffering from dengue fever. Early in March it said that some of the students were admitted to the New Amsterdam Hospital and had been diagnosed with dengue fever.
But during a press conference with Health Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy the day after the episode, he said he was not aware of any cases of dengue fever in the Region.
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