MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — A public school teacher in Wisconsin has been placed on leave after using an Ouija board in her kindergarten classroom.
The incident occurred at Zablocki Elementary in Milwaukee last week, although the teacher, who has not been identified, says that the board had been in the room since Halloween.
She had been contacted by a concerned parent who learned that her five-year-old son had been exposed to the activity. The boy told his mother that his teacher turned off the lights, took out the board, and began talking about scary stories.
“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. They asked about scary characters in movies,” the teacher responded to the parent via e-mail. “It was all done in fun.”
However, she said that she understood the parent’s concerns.
“I will take the board home and this won’t happen again,” she wrote.
The mother says that her son has been having nightmares since that day. She doesn’t believe kindergartners should be exposed to Ouija boards.
“He’s scared now to go to bed at night, to be in the dark, anything alone,” she told reporters.
The teacher has now been placed on leave while the school investigates.
“I’m happy that she’s being investigated. Maybe she’ll think twice about doing something in the future,” the mother told WISN-TV. She has now called for the teacher to be fired, and although she is being criticized for doing so, she says she believes she did what was right.
As previously reported, in December 2014, Google reported that searches for Ouija boards had risen 300 percent following the release of the film “Ouija.” Despite the film’s conclusion that “some things aren’t meant to be played with,” the movie reportedly piqued the interest of many of its viewers.
“The fact that people’s intention is to contact the spiritual realm outside the blessings and parameters that God has set out could lead to them to connect with the evil spiritual realm,” Darren Gallagher, a spokesman for Ellel Ministries, told Christian Today at that time. “Therefore such things as Ouija boards are not just harmless fun, but could potentially be spiritually dangerous for those who take part in such things.”
He noted that in the book of Acts, the people “gathered together their occultic objects and burned them because they knew that these practices were not compatible with their new life in Christ.”