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Charlie-CharlieThe “Charlie Charlie” game, believed to be a Mexican demonic game has taken over the world it seems, as reports from all corners of the globe keep popping up on the internet. These reports are often about possessed school children or children who are being bothered by some demonic spirit. While some reports indicate that the origin of the game is not certain, it seems that the thrill that comes with playing the game has won over thousands of children, particularly school children who have dared to play the game. It has now reached Belize but it appears that schools are not about to play any games whatsoever with the school children as at least two schools have suspended its students for allegedly playing the game. The first school on record to suspend students is Nazarene High School where students were caught playing the game at school last Thursday.

The first form students were suspended as was one student at the Julian Cho Technical High School. Reports indicate that the school’s administration has decided to suspend the student for playing the “Charlie Charlie” game on the basis that it does not tolerate nonsense. Reports have been filed from Veracruz where students were claimed to be possessed by a demon after playing the game. Meanwhile in Jamaica, the ministry of education has issued a ban on the game ordering the close monitoring of students to ensure that they do not engage in what is widely viewed as a demonic game.

The demon summoning game or “challenge” seems to have popped out of nowhere and has taken over the web for the last couple weeks. Some think nothing of the game while others who have taken the challenge claim there is some sinister evil at work. Meanwhile, news articles have popped up in which the reality of the evil game is explained but still others report students being possessed and other being dragged across rooms after playing the game. Videos have also surfaced on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook and other social media. Accordingly, the way it is played is that participants take a piece of paper and draw two lines that intersect. They write yes and no on opposing sides then set up two pencils to take the shape of a cross on top of the paper. They then invoke the Mexican demon known as Charlie by asking if they can play the game.

People would ask questions such as, "Charlie, are you here?" or "Can we play?" And if the apparatus mysteriously moves, then the challenge worked. Recent reports emerging on the internet claim now that the game is in fact a promotion of the upcoming film The Gallows. “The demon in the The Gallows does seem to be called Charlie. But in the trailer he’s not summoned by any game involving pencils or paper” explained the article. The article continues stating quote, “In fact, despite the similarities in their names, a central point of the film seems to be that people are told not to say the name. In the Charlie Charlie Challenge, saying the name keeps the demon happy — it has to be said to make him go away — not to enrage him” end of quote.

Whatever the explanation, here in Belize, schools are taking it seriously and are not putting up with the hype the game has taken on the internet and are taking measures to avoid students from even contemplating taking up the challenge.

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