The mother of a kindergarten student at a Milwaukee public school said her 5-year-old son is having nightmares after his teacher used a Ouija board in the classroom.
"He's scared now to go to bed at night, to be in the dark, anything alone," the mother told WISN-TV.
She told the station that "they were shutting off the lights and making it dark and talking to spirits" in her son's class at Zablocki Elementary on Friday.
"That's not something that should be at school," she said.
Created in the mid-1880s, the Ouija board is said to answer questions from participants via a device players touch that points to letters and numbers on a board. It was connected to spiritualism in the late 1800s and exploded in prominence as a tool of the occult after it made an appearance in the 1973 blockbuster horror movie, "The Exorcist."
The mother told WISN that the teacher said the Ouija board had been in the classroom since Halloween.
"The kids have been asking for a scary story and I got the board and moved the paper clip to answer some of their questions," the teacher wrote the mom in an email, the mother told the station. "They asked about scary characters in movies. I did not say there were spirits. It was all done in fun. I understand your concern. It was silly and I'm sorry. I will take the board home and this won't happen again."
Comments on Facebook ranged from anger over the board being in the classroom to those who can't believe people think the game actually summons spirits.
"Ouija boards are not allowed in my house for any reason," one woman said. "That's a way to drum up the demons. How dare it be in a school. I'd be mad."
A man countered, saying "what's alarming is the number of people who apparently think you can talk to spirits and that they are upset over something so nonsensical."
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