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Kindergarten Teacher Brings Ouija Board Into Class

| by Sheena Vasani

A mother in Wisconsin is demanding Milwaukee Public Schools officials fire her child's kindergarten teacher after she allowed the classroom to play with a Ouija board on Feb. 24.

"They were shutting off the lights and making it dark and talking to spirits," said the mother -- who wishes not to be named -- of her child, who attends Zablocki Elementary, WISN reports. "That's not something that should be at school."

The mother says her son is now having nightmares.

"He's scared now to go to bed at night, to be in the dark, anything alone," she said.

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The teacher, who is now on administrative leave while an investigation is underway, apologized and tried to explain her actions.

"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," she said in an email to the mother. "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."

The incident sparked controversy on social media, with some agreeing what the teacher did was inappropriate while others didn't see the big deal.

"Ouija boards are cardboard & plastic and are made in China," wrote one woman on Fox 23 News' Facebook page. "There's nothing particularly special about them unless you fall for that nonsense. They are a prank, a prop, or Halloween decoration. Nothing more."

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Others said it was more than just a "game" to them.

"It's not 'just a toy' to everyone," responded another woman on Facebook. "For those who believe that these boards bring bad things, it's a big deal. Don't tell me to get over something that goes highly against my religious beliefs. As a Christian i have the right to be just as offended as someone who's against prayer."

Another commenter on Facebook just thought that anything religious or occult-related should be kept out of public schools, although she thought firing the teacher was going too far.

"Frankly, anything associated with religion or the occult should be left out of the classroom and up to the parents unless it's discussion is academic, objective, age appropriate, and relevant to the history or literature being taught," she wrote. "But a first offense should not be a fireable offense in most cases, including this one."

Sources: WISN, Fox 23 News/Facebook  / Photo credit: Dave Winer/Flickr

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