Usually when we encounter school strangeness it involves an outbreak of mass hysteria (or mass sociogenic illness if you prefer) but this is a new spin on things:
Students at a Pelahatchie high school said, for three days this week, a girl there spoke in tongues and made grave predictions for her classmates.
Some of those predictions included when students would die.
"It was disturbing to a lot of students," Pelahatchie sophomore Rob Sparks said.
This week, Sparks said one of his classmates came to school in tears. She was speaking in a deep voice, he said, and sometimes spoke in tongues.
Sparks said Clanton told students about little known facts in their past and made predictions on how some of them would die.
"It made some students cry and leave school," Sparks said. "Some have not returned yet."
Sparks and his classmates said they think an evil spirit possessed the girl. They were so convinced that Sparks and his friends brought bibles to school and had a devotional.
So what is her explanation: the Devil or the Divine?
"Some believe, some don't." Clanton said. "They say it was the devil, but the devil only tells lies. Everything I said was the truth."
Clanton said she admits she spoke in tongues and made predictions for her classmates. But she said it was God speaking through her, not the devil.
"I didn't cuss anyone out," Clanton said. "If it was a demon, I would have tore that school up. I would have thrown desks and everything. I didn't say no cuss words at all."
I have to say I am not convinced by this distinction but to quote Father Jack: "That would be an ecumenical matter." I would imagine some would say that telling people when they would die is not the product of a divine influence. Personally, I think we need to rule out the more obvious: "dicking around and putting the fear of God into classmates." I do think the closing statement from the girl is something you wouldn't normally find yourself saying:
Clanton continues to go to class. She said God hasn't spoken through her since Wednesday.