A teacher who used the Ouija board in her kindergarten class in a Milwaukee school has outraged one of her student's parents. The mom said since the incident her 5-year-old son has been having nightmares and won't sleep in the dark. The mom wants the school board to fire the said teacher.
The incident happened at Zablocki Elementary on Friday. The 5-year-old told his mother they shut off the lights in the classroom so they can talk to spirits, WISN reported.
The mom, who refused to be identified, said it's inappropriate for Ouija board to be brought in school, let alone have little children exposed to it. "He's scared now to go to bed at night, to be in the dark, anything alone," the mom said regarding her son.
In an email, the teacher told the mother the Ouija board has been in the classroom since Halloween. She used this to tell scary stories as the students asked. The teacher, however, pointed out that nothing about spirits was mentioned.
"It was all done in fun," the teacher wrote in the email. "I understand your concern. It was silly and I'm sorry. I will take the board home and this won't happen again," she added.
Officials of the Milwaukee Public Schools have since put the teacher on administrative leave Tuesday. An internal investigation has also taken place, according to The Blaze.
Following the action on the teacher, the mom said she's satisfied with the school's move even as she wanted the teacher fired. "I'm happy that she's being investigated. Maybe she'll think twice about doing something in the future," she said, according to a follow-up WISN report. Facing criticisms on social media about the incident, the teacher apologized but added, "It's, I guess, not what it seems."
The Ouija board has a flat surface with alphabet and numbers and has been used to communicate with the dead. It has been tagged as the devil's tool in pop culture. It was, however, originally created and distributed for amusement as a family board game in the late 1800s, according to the Smithsonian.
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