The curious case of the 'Phuket poltergeist'
A group of 22 students who collapsed _ screaming and shaking violently _ at school believe they were paying for upsetting a spirit, but doctors contend it was merely a demonstration of the power of mass hysteria
Last Monday, 22 students in Phuket were taken to Patong Hospital after they collapsed, screaming and convulsing, following morning assembly. Many tied the incident to an alleged supernatural event which took place during a camping trip to Phangnga province from June 26 to 28. More than 200 Matthayom 1-3 students from Wat Suwan Khiri Wong School made the trip to Ban Namsai community in Khao Lak for drug awareness training and other activities.
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Phittinan ''Nonny'' Fritch, a 12-year old Matthayom 1 student, was one of those said to have been ''cursed'', and the only patient remaining at Patong Hospital when Spectrum visited on Tuesday. She explained that girls from Matthayom 2 and 3 stayed at one house and Matthayom 1 girls stayed at an adjacent one. The boys stayed in a separate house behind the other two. ''As we arrived at the camp, the border patrol police _ our trainers _ told us to behave and not make a lot of noise,'' said Nonny.
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