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Several students at a north
Trinidad secondary school received
the fright of their lives while engag-
ing in a game which is the latest
Internet craze called "Charlie Char-
While playing the game at the
school, some of the students claimed
that chairs levitated off the ground
causing a panic and they scampered
Local videos are popping up over
social Web sites showing students
chanting and playing the game while
even some are making fun of it.
The game starts with children
playing the "Charlie Charlie" chal-
lenge of writing "yes" and "no" on
a sheet of paper and crossing two
The ritual is said to be a Mexican
The challenge has gone viral over
the Internet and YouTube with a
number of teenagers posting videos
of themselves engaging in the Ouija-
board like practice.
Some of the children reported
hearing eerie voices or seeing strange
things. Others warned children to
stay away from the challenge.
Lana Boodoo-Maharaj, founder of
Stop the Bullying and a mother of
three, urged parents to monitor their
"Its real and I urge adults and chil-
dren not to try it. Parents must not
let their children do it, invoking a
spirit," she said.
Boodoo-Maharaj said several chil-
dren at her son's school played the
game and chairs started to levitate.
"The principal held an emergency
meeting with the children and asked
them not to play the game again that
it is black magic. My children know
better than to play that. It is not a
game," she said.
Another student attending another
school said: "It's some jumbie' thing
like a Ouija board."
Another concerned parent told the
T&T Guardian: "I not playing that
one. There is good and there is bad.
I going to inform my children not
to play that before I have to thump
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Students urged not to try out demonic game
Psychiatrist Dr Varma
Deyalsingh said it was a phase
that teenagers and children go
through when they seek the
"We already have the Ouija
board phenomena and it seems
it made an impact and it died
out. There is always a need for
children and adults to
experiment the dark side," he
He said vampires,
werewolves and supernatural
interests were a phase they
tended to go through.
"This Charlie game seems to
be another avenue in seeking
the dark side and a form of
rebellion," he said.
Explaining the chairs that
levitated, Deyalsingh said:
"There was some mass
hysteria. Their illusion feeds
onto one another.
"We had it in south where in
some Schools a chair was rising
up. The danger is a phase but
some are obsessed and
investigate Satanic worship. It
could be harmful."
Anglican Bishop Claude
Berkley said many adults were
concerned about the game.
"I know there is an anxiety
about it and there are many
adults concerned about the
effects on the children and at
this stage I would advise
caution and read up on it more
so we can come to an informed
Berkley said he heard other
clergymen warning of the
"I would like to join the chorus
of caution and from where it
comes and learn about it before
we continue and become
entrapped in a scheme and take
away our independence on
something whose source we
don't know where it comes
from," he added.
Form of rebellion
An Internet image of "Charlie Charlie"
Dr Varma Deyalsingh
Bishop Claude Berkley
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