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PHUKET: Bizarre events surround a school in Samut Prakan after eight young female students were possessed by a ghost while practicing their cheerleading moves – or so reports claim.

About 20 girls from Had Amara Aksornlap School had gone to Pikka Fort Park in the Taiban area of the province to practice their dance moves.

Things started to get weird when they moved to a yard in the park next to a huge 200-year-old banyan tree. All of a sudden, eight of the girls started screaming and shaking for no discernible reason.

The other students were convinced their schoolmates had been possessed and ran to tell the teacher in charge.

The teacher and students watched the eight stricken girls scream and writhe, hoping whatever was happening would stop of its own accord.

But the girls did not recover. Instead, their behavior became increasingly extreme.

The teacher led the other students in lighting candles and chanting prayers in an attempt to exorcise the wayward spirit from the young girls’ bodies – but when the group finished their chants, the possessed girls started screaming even louder.

One student told the teacher that a woman dressed in white was seen watching them from nearby.

The student said the woman wanted them to bring her two sets of traditional Thai clothes: one green set, one red.

The school did not have such things on hand, so the teacher led the students in prayer for the woman, telling the spirit they would come back the next day with the clothes she wanted.

But at this, the girls only screamed louder and shouted, “She hasn’t left!”

As soon as she could, the teacher had the girls sent to a local hospital for treatment.

Local villagers said the children might have violated something sacred at the site, with the ghost possessing the girls as punishment.

— Khao Sod