The paper and pencils used in the Charlie Charlie Challenge. (Internet image.)
PASTORS AND OTHER RELIGIOUS ministers were called to a St Michael primary school this morning to pray for its students and staff.
This was after some students were seen crying, while a few others were exhibiting signs of anxiety following the playing of the game linked to demonic forces named the Charlie Charlie Challenge.
Lawrence T. Gay principal, Beverly Parris, called out the student body and staff around 10 a.m. and in a brief statement told the children they should not play the game as it was not uplifting for them.
She told the children they had no reason to be afraid as they were God’s children and he would not allow any harm to come to them.
Parris then invited one of her teachers, who is a pastor, to pray for the children. He was followed by other religious ministers who prayed fervently as well as invoked the “blood of Jesus” to wash away any “demons” that may have descended on the Spooners Hill, St Michael school.
The session went on for just over an hour and afterwards classes resumed.
The Charlie Challenge has been called by some “a new-age ouija board”. The intent of the game is to open up communication with an invisible force called Charlie and this has been associated with summoning a demonic force.
NATION NEWS understands the game is being played by children across the school system here, and in all cases is being discouraged by teachers.
This afternoon, acting chief education officer Karen Best confirmed the Ministry of Education was aware of the trend and said they were investigating the situation.
News reports coming out of St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago today also indicated concerns about the game. (SP)