Several learners were seen vomiting, screaming, and passing out. The learners allegedly said they were getting ‘ancestral calling’.
Chaotic! A Western Cape school was evacuated after several learners started displaying bizarre behaviour and claiming this because they got ‘a calling’ from their ancestors.
Western Cape Education Department (WCED) spokesperson, Millicent Merton on Monday said the drama unfolded at the Immaculata Girls High School on Friday.
“A number of girls in different classes started to shout uncontrollably. It is alleged that the girls were speaking with their ancestors.
“The school arranged with the parents of the affected learners to fetch them. The school also set up counselling for the rest of the learners,” Merton said.
She added that the situation is under control at the moment with ongoing counselling sessions with the staff and learners still at school.
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Immaculata Girls High School is the second Cape Town school to report an incident where learners have fallen violently ill and classes have been disrupted, the WCED confirmed.
According to a report by the Daily Voice, a source from the scene said it started with one Grade 8 girl and then just spread as more girls started getting sick.
Police had to close off the road near the school as people came to try and take videos but the school management was very quick to stop this.
The source also revealed that a similar incident had been reported at a Mitchells Plain School over a week ago.
“The same thing happened at Portlands High School and there were questions because the pupils were not given medical treatment or an examination to see what was wrong.
“It was a bit peculiar that if one pupil got the calling, it would just spread.
“Later in the day, we also received information that other pupils fell ill at Wynberg terminus long after leaving school,” the source reportedly told the Daily Voice.
Meanwhile, a letter issued by Portlands High School to parents on 22 February said the matter had been blown out of proportion.
“We had learners informing us that they received a calling from their ancestors.”
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