Tag Archive for mass psychogenic illness

Examination phobia triggers “demons” in Namibia school

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A clear case of mass psychogenic illness… allAfrica.com: Namibia: ‘Demons Invade’ St Theresia Junior Secondary School Hostel. PANIC befell students at St Theresia Junior Secondary School hostel at Tses after 20 pupils on Sunday afternoon suffered from epileptic type of attacks, triggering fears of demons. The Karas education regional director, Awebahe Hoeseb, yesterday confirmed the…

Want to get off of school? Pretend to be possessed.

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A case of possession in the Philippines or something more cerebral? School officials suspend classes over ‘evil spirits’ – Inquirer News. Classes were suspended Thursday at Isaac Lopez Integrated School in Mandaluyong City after around 20 students aged between 12 and 16 started acting strangely—screaming, crying, fainting and convulsing—prompting claims that they were possessed by evil spirits.…

Mass hysteria sex ed

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A case of stress triggered a mass reaction in a school. These things happen. Six kids collapse in sex education class – The Local. There was some distress in the classroom as a number of children collapsed after they were asked to colour in pictures of sexual organs while learning about human reproduction. A biology…

Teacher, teacher, there’s a hairy creature!

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A textbook case of mass hysteria/mass psychogenic illness. HAIRY CREATURE SIGHTING DISTURBS CLASSES | The Voice. Teachers at Mathiba Primary School in Maun had to abruptly end classes last week Friday after students reported seeing a hairy little creature. Regional Director for North West District in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Acro Maseko…

Mass illness episode in Jamaica caused by fumes or contagion?

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This might be another case of mass hysteria. Chaos! – Mystery fumes cause panic in Kingston. THE island’s environmental management agency was last night still trying to determine the source of noxious fumes that resulted in more than 50 persons, some of whom collapsed, being rushed to hospital in Kingston. Several businesses in the area…

Three stories of mass psychogenic illness from around the world

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Found a bunch of articles that share a theme… Is it something physical or sociological going on here? In this case from Zambia, one girl in a school prompted several other students to react. ‘Pupils’ fainting incidents spiritual’. The Lusaka District Education Board (DEBs) has confirmed receiving a report on bizarre fainting incidents at Northmead…

A second study in Le Roy shows no toxins to explain mystery illness

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New study finds no toxins in Le Roy. A second study has again found that the twitches, involuntary sounds and seizures that beset a group of Le Roy students and attracted international media attention earlier this year had no environmental cause. The study, released by the school district Wednesday, comes as no surprise to treating…

Skin rash outbreak at Florida school is mysterious (or not)

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Lauderdale Lakes rashes: Experts can’t explain outbreaks at schools. For the second time this month, a Broward County public school was locked down after students and a faculty member experienced mysterious rashes. Officials say they don’t know what’s causing victims to itch or briefly have red skin or welts said to resemble ant bites. Four…

Brockovich gets involved in the New York mystery illness case

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Mystery illness: More girls develop Tourette’s-like tics Erin Brockovich is on the case! The environmental activist, made famous by the 2000 movie starring Julia Roberts as the crusading single mom, tells USA TODAY she is investigating the case of more than a dozen teens from one upstate New York school plagued by mysterious, Tourette’s-like symptoms.…