Despite the prayer sessions and “exorcisms” led by Islamic traditional experts, scholars and even witch doctors, the mass hysteria continues over the sightings of black figure inside the halls of SKM Pengkalan Chepa 2. The school is situated in the city of Kota Bharu with 1,044 students and 84 teachers.
The secondary school closed last week following three attacks of panic when several students reported seeing a mysterious black figure in the canteen, the hall and classrooms. The incident claimed that about 100 people in the school were “possessed.”
The school principal, Siti Hawa Mat said that 50 students and some of the teachers were haunted and disturbed by the spirits. “We are not sure why it happened. We don’t know what it is that affected us,” she told media.
She added that the school is old and children often misbehave that may cause offense to some ‘djinns’.
SMK Pengkalan Chepa 2 reopened on Sunday. Although media were not permitted to enter the school premises, crying and shouting were heard from the school at around 11:00am.
In an interview with the local media, Norlailawati Ramli, one of the teachers narrated she saw flashes of black and felt heaviness in her arms. “I recited the Istighfar [seeking forgiveness from Allah]. Things were truly out of control at the time,” she added.
Another teacher, Kamariah Ibrahim, said that a black figure was trying to enter her body but her coworkers who encircled her were reciting verses from the Al-Qur’an.
“I felt like my head was bloating, I felt numb and tears kept pouring down my face. I silently recited the Ayatul Kursi, over and over again, then my head began to feel lighter after about an hour,” she was quoted saying.
However, sociologist Robert Bartholomew softened the incident saying that beliefs in the spirits may cause mass hysteria. “Malays are susceptible because of their belief in an array of spirits,” he said in an interview.
Local authorities are anticipated to investigate the incident at SKM Pengkalan Chepa 2.