In what St. Petersburg police are calling a weird religious ritual, they have arrested 35-year old Danielle Harkins for encouraging several teenagers to cut and burn themselves.
The cutting was said to release evil spirits from their body, and the cauterizing of the wounds with fire was to prevent the spirits from getting back in.
According to authorities, she caused second-degree burns in an attempt to “brand” one of the students’ hands with a cigarette lighter.
Harkins was going through a difficult time, including a divorce, and she recently discovered religion.
Disturbing. It is not clear what “religion” they are talking about here. But any time “evil spirits” are mentioned, kids, you should turn run the other way. The person telling you this is haunted (by their own mental demons), not you.