Boy’s refusal to go to Sandy Hook school is not evidence he is psychic

Sandy Hook Psychic Student? — Logan Dryer’s Mom Says He Refused To Go To School – Hollywood Life.

Karen Dryer‘s worst nightmare started to unravel when her young son Logan Dryer, 5, became so anxiety ridden when he went to kindergarten at Sandy Hook Elementary School that she decided to pull him out of school just two weeks before the deadly massacre.

Like any parent, Karen could not understand why her usually happy, healthy son Logan all of a sudden started having panic attacks while in school. Little did she know, that like her own late mother, her son had the gift to foresee the future.

“I remember the principal, Dawn Hochsprung, getting on her knees and saying to Logan,’We love you and this is a wonderful place.’ Logan screamed back saying, ‘No, no! It’s not a safe place. I am scared.’ Logan’s doctor suggested that we take him out of school for a couple of weeks and home school him. So we had a tutor come in once a day for an hour and we would visit the school once a week so he could see his friends and teachers. But whenever we visited the school, he would start shaking and trembling. He would cry and he wouldn’t open his eyes,” said Karen.

Karen says Logan is happy in the new school. Several things don’t sit quite right with this story. There is NO indication that he is psychic. Kids have many many reasons why they feel uncomfortable in Kindergarten, even after first appearing to be OK. Then we have the Mom recollecting the stories after something tragic has happened. Memory is a very malleable and slippery thing. Past memories can be colored by current events. One can’t conclude that this boy would have been hurt or killed had he been in school. Circumstances did come together to allow him to avoid going through such an event but it does not provide any evidence that he has the ability to foresee the future.

Addition: Ben Radford wrote this up for Discovery News

While Dryer’s interpretation of her son’s behavior may be correct, a closer look at the details of the case suggest an alternative explanation.

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  9 comments for “Boy’s refusal to go to Sandy Hook school is not evidence he is psychic

  1. Bobbi Snow
    January 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Believe, or don’t believe… It’s entirely up to you. But for the same reason (intuition), many Law Enforcement Officers have listened to their “gut instincts” and lived to tell about it. We now know that this mentally disturbed young killer had been planning the Newtown massacre for a while. He probably stalked the school to see what changes had been made since he attended Sandy Hook as a child. It would not surprise me that this young boy picked up on the negative energy left behind by the soon-to-be shooter, and felt threatened by it. KUDOS to this young child who, by refusing to let others convince him he had nothing to fear, stuck to his gut feelings, and survived – with far less traumatized memories than the other survivors will have to live with for the rest of their sensitive, young-to-old lives. We are all born psychic; some with a greater sense than others. It’s how we are allowed to hone that particular skill that matters.

    • Am_Sci
      January 3, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      No one is contending that “gut instincts” are completely useless. But, there is no evidence whatsoever that anyone has psychic abilities. Psychic powers have been studied far more than is merited, and every fair test has revealed psychics to be either deluded or fraudulent.

      This child obviously has same social problems. Now, instead of getting the help he needs, his superstitious mother is reinforcing his anxieties and doing him a great disservice. I don’t take the “live and let live” attitude on belief in psychic powers that you do because it can do real harm. How many children will now be denied a good education and proper psychological help because their parents read this article and now believe their child is psychic?

    • January 3, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      This is not supported by evidence. Intuition is something completely different which uses clues of your environment and experience. That is NOT this.

      Negative energy? There is no such thing ever measured (and we can measure ridiculously small things).

      You have to do better than make unsupported general assertions. It’s not about belief. It’s about EVIDENCE.

      Please read the comment policy and about pages.

      • Bobbi Snow
        January 3, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        Not all beliefs can be proven by science. If that were the case, there would be no faith in God. Just because intuition hasn’t been proven, nor apparently saved you yet, doesn’t mean that it will never be proven, or that one day your own won’t save your life. When it happens to YOU, if I’m still alive, come back and let me know.

        • January 3, 2013 at 6:15 PM

          Bobbi, do you not understand how science works and the chasm of difference between faith and science? We deal with science here.

          We aren’t talking about intuition in this case but psychic powers which have not been demonstrated to a reasonable extent to even exist. In addition to that, the Mom has not demonstrated that there couldn’t have been more normal explanations rather than supernormal.

          I’m very glad you visit this site but I’m not going to allow this type of commenting. There are plenty of other places that allow loose belief to substitute for reason. Not here, though.

        • January 3, 2013 at 7:59 PM

          As Sharon explained, there are indicators all around us, both obvious and subliminal, that we intuitively and psychologically recognize consciously and subconsciously. Those indicators clearly exist, while indicators that are attributed to the kid clearly do not exist.

          Beliefs don’t have to be proven. I need no proof to see that you believe. The trick is to convince me to also believe. I understand that you may not be able to employ science to do that. But if you’re not going to apply secular methods, you have to ask yourself what non-secular methods apply. I am one of the few skeptics that believe in God, and personally, I don’t see a single non-secular application that allows for this kid to have “powers”.

        • Am_Sci
          January 3, 2013 at 11:05 PM

          You are claiming that human beings are capable of receiving information from the future. That’s a claim that can be tested with science. In fact, it has been tested many times and, so far, no fair test has shown anything that would constitute psychic abilities. James Randi’s book “Flim Flam” has a bit of information on this testing and it’s a really entertaining read (I don’t know if it’s still in print, but a lot of libraries should have it).

  2. albatross
    January 3, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    “picked up on the negative energy left behind”, “We are all born psychic” ???

    Is there any evidence whatsoever for either of these statements, or is it just your intuition telling you it’s true?

  3. Old Rockin' Dave
    January 3, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    If you google Karen Dryer (and add Sandy Hook to cut out hits for the NYC musician) you will see her name come up in lots of news stories where she is identified as a parent and school volunteer. She is quoted on the opening of the replacement school, the return of the old principal, the neighbor’s dog and little girl. No mention of her son having any sort of premonition. But then she turns up in a rag talking about it and how her mother was psychic, and bringing in the names of the dead principal and school psychologist. Could be she just likes the limelight?

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