A group of students of a school in Tolima showed signs of collective
hysteria after using a so-called Ouija board. Three were admitted to a
The incident took place in the town of Carmen de Apicalá, near Melgar, Tolima.
Reportedly, the children had been using this Ouija board, which supposedly gives access to the spirit world, for several days, when they suddenly began to show symptoms of anxiety, hyperventilation and numb arms and legs.
“In total there were 23 children, varying from 13 to 17 years old,” said Mauricio Castellanos, spokesman of a ER unit in this town.
“Apparently, the minors had been using a Ouija board for a month, inside the school, and said that they had left it opened. At first, five students began to show signs but there was collective hysteria among the others,” he added.
Authorities confirmed that three girls, that had been showing more serious symptoms, were hospitalized in the afternoon.
Ouija-related incidents are not uncommon in Colombia. A group of teenage girls in Antioquia were supposedly ‘possessed by the devil‘ after playing the game last year. Not much later, another group in west-central Colombia were affected in a similar way.