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for wanting to throttle the child at school who has been telling ghost stories to other kids and scaring them witless

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LadyVictoriaOfCake · 01/10/2007 19:44

(i know i am a bit)

they are year 3, so 7-8years old. there has been a story going round that the girls loos are haunted by someone called Mary Chairy. apparently she is a ghost zombie thing. no idea really. and if you say something starting with 'mary chairy....' (dd1 cant remember it all) then you will die. pparently dd1 said the full thing earlier and is now thinking she is going to die.

she has been sobbing and wont let me switch the light off in her room.

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Kathyis6incheshigh · 01/10/2007 19:46

Hmm, a loo ghost.... based on Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter, do you think?


RubberDuck · 01/10/2007 19:47

Awwww poor dd

No you're not unreasonable. I had something similar during a sleepover when ghost stories were told to my boys.

Took me over a week to get them to go to bed normally again

I've now banned sleep overs until they're at university.


Easywriter · 01/10/2007 19:53

Heh heh heh heh heh!

You are funny LVOC. Of course you're being unreasonable but in this instance IT'S IN YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION! (as mum of scared child that is).

I'm going to want to brain the child that does this to my kids (oh yes, it will happen). Maybe you can tell us how you unravel your babe so we can use the info when we need it.

Hope it doesn't go on too long.


Chirpyghoul · 01/10/2007 19:54

Can you 'discover' the antidote to the curse?

I did that bloody mary thing in the mirror when I was about ehr age and only calmed down when my mum told me that if you say it backwards it cancels it (ydoolb yram etc) She made me write it down and read it properly so I felt like it was the proper way to do it.

worth a try?


LadyVictoriaOfCake · 01/10/2007 19:55

well dd1 has decided that if she falls asleep in my bed tonight then she wont die

i mean, its not even one i know of, like bloody mary, and dont know the full story. apparently it started today.

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Twiglett · 01/10/2007 19:56

hell, i wanted to string up the kid who told DS there was no such thing as a soul last week when we'd spent a lot of the evening before doing the "hand in glove" spirit leaving body and being free story about death


nightowl · 01/10/2007 19:56

oh no! not the dreaded loo ghost. when i was at primary there were the same rumours. recite the lords prayer backwards in the mirror etc etc. ds goes to the same school i did and the rumour is STILL going around.

could you not play it down with the harry potter thing maybe?

ds was terrified last week, apparently his teacher is doing a topic on "horror". great, just great. i was more than a little bit peed off.


Twiglett · 01/10/2007 19:57

hell, i wanted to string up the kid who told DS there was no such thing as a soul last week when we'd spent a lot of the evening before doing the "hand in glove" spirit leaving body and being free story about death


LadyVictoriaOfCake · 01/10/2007 20:04

i will bring up moaning myrtle tomorrow.

is this something that needs to be discussed with the teacher do you think?

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Easywriter · 01/10/2007 20:06



LadyVictoriaOfCake · 01/10/2007 20:08

she says a couple of other children are really scared.

i dont want to be over protective, but i am about this, mainly as dd1 has a real fear of death atm, and i just feel its put back a lot of work over the last few months that we have done about helping her.

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Easywriter · 01/10/2007 20:10

I'll leave the advice to others as my gut feeling is no don't but then as I said I'm not there yet.


edam · 01/10/2007 20:14

Oh heavens, LVC, your poor dd really doesn't need anyone frightening her about death, does she, poor sausage.

I dunno, show her one of the urban myth busing websites, like Snopes, so she can see a. that lots of people get sucked into rubbishy tales and b. there are sensible explanations? You'd have to do a recce beforehand though, obviously some of the stories on Snopes are not suitable for 8yos!


Chirpyghoul · 01/10/2007 20:19

I would mention it to the teacher TBH, especially if there are a few of them scared as they may not want to go to loos etc.
Could you try saying you had one like this when you were at school and to try saying it backwards? I am only banging on about it as it really helped me as it sounds logical and I went and told all my friends.

Poor you, that's all you need right now!


RubberDuck · 01/10/2007 20:21

I'd chat to the teacher. If some others are being scared then he/she may be able to give a nice chat about silly stories and be reassuring.

If your dd is anything like my ds, if the teacher says it, it has to be true.


LadyVictoriaOfCake · 02/10/2007 09:30

well, after a boy told dd1 that he couldnt sleep last night, and several other kids saying they kept their lights on, i went and had a quiet word with the TA who was in this morning. he is going to have a chat with the class after assembly and tell the kids there is no ghost in the girls toilet.

hopefully that will nip it in the bud.

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MaryAnnSingletomb · 02/10/2007 09:31

school lavs are pretty scary places in any case,I think ! poor things...


iliketosleep · 02/10/2007 11:06

the toilets at my old junior school was "haunted". There was a water mark on the ceiling in the shape of a face and everyone was petrified to go in there alone

Its just kids being kids but i dont think you are being unreasonable for being over protective, It wouldnt be worth going to see a teacher as theres nothing they can do about it.


iliketosleep · 02/10/2007 11:07

you already have sorry lol


Lorayn · 02/10/2007 11:13

My school changing rooms were haunted, the wind flapping through the extraction heater was really a girl who had hung herself from the school gates banging on the wall, apparently. We also did the bloody mary thing, which I cannot for the life of me remember anymore. I think after talking to the teacher it may help, but she may decide (or other children may tell her) that the teacher is 'just saying that' if she does, it might be best to go down the 'breaking the curse' route, at least until she is a bit older and you can joke about it not being real.


madoldbird · 02/10/2007 11:18

No, YANBU. A similar thing happened recently with my DD (yr 5). A friend had been telling her ghost stories, and she was up 3 - 4 times each night, terrfied, and could only go to sleep if DH sat for at least half hour in the room with her. We all ended up exhausted! Once i realised what had caused the problem i had a quiet word with her friend, explaining that i know she enjoys telling those sorts of stories, but that it upsets my DD, so could she not do it infront of her. This has worked. I did consider talking to the friend's mum, but didn't want to turn it into a big "thing"

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