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One of the children is treated at Patong Hospital after a hysteria outbreak

Ghostly Event Puts 22 Students in Hospital

Monday, July 1, 2013
PHUKET: Twenty-two students from a Phuket school collapsed amid screams and tears and were taken to hospital today in what doctors believe was a case of mass hysteria.

The children, aged 13 to 15, shocked other pupils at the Suwan Kiriwong School in Prabaramee Road, Patong, when they began collapsing during the playing of the national anthem soon after 8am today.

Twenty-two were treated in the emergency room at Patong Hospital and allowed to leave. One was kept for further observation.

Parents took other children home after the rare case of mass hysteria interrupted the normal morning ceremony at the school.

Of the 22 students taken to hospital, 21 were girls.

One explanation offered for the students collapsing was a visit to a camp in Khao Lak, north of Phuket, last Friday.

One student is reported to have hung her sarong above head-height - considered to be a slight to tradition. Later, other students saw the ghost of an old woman sitting on the student's shoulder.

A teacher, informed about the strange occurrence, declined to take the paranormal sighting seriously. As a result, nothing was done to appease the old woman's spirit.

At the hospital, the children were told to ''think good thoughts'' about parents and monks and to keep their minds free of ideas about ghosts.

Cases of mass hysteria are relatively rare but have been noted before in the Phuket-Phang Nga region.

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Probably studying politics.

Posted by Adam on July 1, 2013 13:03

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Obviously education has done little to dispel the belief in superstition and spiritualism in these students.

Not so long ago the that time government ministers rearranged flower pots at the government house and went to see a soothsayer in Chiang Mai in an attempt to solve the problems plaguing Thailand.

Not exactly a confidence builder in my eyes but I'm sure to a Chinese it would sound perfectly rational.

Posted by ThaiMike on July 1, 2013 14:36

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I remember the same thing happening at the school in Kamala South Side, some years ago. So it's not that rare.

Posted by Robin on July 1, 2013 15:36

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was it announced the buses will roll and they all fainted.

Posted by slickmelb on July 2, 2013 02:30

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of the 22 victims, 21 were girls, and the remaining victim will no doubt be a girl in the future.

Posted by fw on July 2, 2013 05:07

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Strange ain't it... when so many of the multitudes of the world believe in some nefarious entity called god or whatever .....yet when there are the above strange occurrences so many automatically debunk it?
Early 2005 my two nieces tell me they saw a "drowned girl" walk past their room in broad daylight.....I believe 'em.
Three of the team building our house on our farm up and left after they saw a "lady in white"...2 years later my stepdaughter saw her in daylight, standing beside our road among our rubber trees...
who's to say?

Posted by david on July 10, 2013 04:33


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