Many students in Phu Yen Province have fainted after claiming that a toilet inside their dorm is haunted and they have seen ghosts.
Phan Van Tho, headmaster of the Son Hoa Ethnic Boarding High School in Son Hoa District, confirmed that a large number of boarding students have fainted or screamed at nights from unknown causes during the past month.
The time they acted strange was usually from about 8 pm to 11 pm every night, Tho said.
The first victim of the awful situation is K Pa Ho Luon, of Son Dinh Commune.
One night in early November, after coming back to his dorm room from the toilet area, Luon fell down to the floor, talked nonsense, scratched against the floor and walls with his two hands, and then passed out.
After being hospitalized at the Son Hoa General Hospital, Luon recovered and told everyone that he had met a ghost in the restroom.
Many other students later suffered the same condition as Luon, and there happened a case in which 12 students collapsed unconscious at the same time.
Such a situation has caused an atmosphere of fear among students and many dared not stay in the dormitory but hired houses or rooms outside the school.
Many students have been so haunted by ‘the ghosts’ that they dare not sleep alone or go to the restrooms after dark.
All of the fainted students were taken to the hospital for emergency treatment, Tho said.
Tho could not explain what had really happened to his students but he rejected the rumor that the schools’ toilet area was haunted.
The school’s management has held meetings with parents and students to call on them to stay calm, pending an investigation by relevant agencies.
According to doctors at the hospital, some students might have passed out because of hypocalcaemia (low calcium levels in blood).
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