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Demonic game ‘Charlie’ a concern for ESHS principal & staff

- game, which allegedly invokes a demon, is also popular on social media
According to reports, the 'Charlie Charlie Challenge' is being played by students of the Elmore Stoutt High School and the Technical School in Baughers Bay. Photo: VINO/File
Parents and teachers alike are becoming very concerned about the fast growing population of students in the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) allegedly engaging in a cult practice that sees them invoking a ‘demon’ reportedly named ‘Charlie’ via a game popularly known on social media as 'Charlie Charlie'. Photo: Provided
Parents and teachers alike are becoming very concerned about the fast growing population of students in the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) allegedly engaging in a cult practice that sees them invoking a ‘demon’ reportedly named ‘Charlie’ via a game popularly known on social media as 'Charlie Charlie'. Photo: Provided
This concern was brought to the attention of this news site firstly via a correspondence purportedly sent to parents by the Acting Principal of the Elmore Stoutt High School Ms Sandy M. Underhill alluding to the situation. Photo: VINO
This concern was brought to the attention of this news site firstly via a correspondence purportedly sent to parents by the Acting Principal of the Elmore Stoutt High School Ms Sandy M. Underhill alluding to the situation. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Parents and teachers alike are becoming very concerned about the fast growing population of students in the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) allegedly engaging in a cult practice that sees them invoking a ‘demon’ reportedly named ‘Charlie’ via a game popularly known on social media as 'Charlie Charlie'.

This concern was brought to the attention of this news site firstly via a correspondence purportedly sent to parents by the Acting Principal of the school Ms Sandy M. Underhill alluding to the situation.

According to the letter dated May 28, 2015, “…during the course of the past two days, I have been made aware that students of the ESHS have been engaging in some unusual activities. After investigation of the same, I learnt that they have been performing some Mexician ritual involving a demon called ‘CHARLIE’.”

The letter further stated that the Acting Principal did her homework and after discovering the root of the practice, summoned a meeting with the students on May 27 and warned them of the dangers there of and not to be led astray by the social media practice.

‘It’s a Cult’

This news site subsequently spoke with several parents who expressed serious concerns about the issue and, according to one, “It is a cult and its fast flying not only in Elmore Stoutt High but it is very prevalent in the Technical School in Baughers Bay.” The parent said she has children at both institutions who told her about the practice sometime in April, 2015.

“To the fact that the children are getting together in groups, organised groups with this so called Charlie Charlie game, it’s a cult and it’s sad to say there are big ones encouraging it.”

Another parent said she unearthed the game via social media when she secretly went through her son’s ipad, something she does regularly unknowing to him in order to have an idea of what he is doing.

“Some people may not agree but this is my child and its one of several ways I keep abreast of what he is doing and this one struck me with a knife. When I checked his book bag he had the paper sketches and a notebook with certain people’s names and request he has to make to ‘Charlie Charlie’ on their behalf.”

Prayer warriors summoned to action

One of the other interventions Ms Underhill has allegedly taken to task, according to the letter, was to summon some of the territory’s prayer warriors.

“We also contacted some of the prayer warriors in the community who explained the implications of engaging in such activity and prayed for the school,” the letter stated. Teachers were also admonished to be vigilant and observe students.

This news site contacted parents of several other schools, including St Georges Secondary and Cedar International School, who all said they were not aware of any of their children getting involved in the ‘cult practice’ or the challenge that is popular on social media.

‘Charlie Charlie challenge’

Research has shown that this is a swiftly growing practice not only in the Virgin Islands but is widespread throughout the Caribbean and other countries.

According to one internet site, the latest Twitter/Facebook trend has participants summoning a demon called Charlie via the ‎Charlie Charlie Challenge game. It’s already reached millions (more than 2 million in 48 hours) and going by the numerous viral feeds, YouTube clips, and Vine posts. It said its main participants are children and teenagers.

The origin of this so-called game is unclear, though it has all the trappings of an expertly executed marketing campaign that encourages persons to try the game even if they are skeptical of the paranormal.

Harmless fun?

It’s “hilarious,” some say, “freaky fun.” There are appeals to curiosity: “Have you tried it yet? Do you think it's real?” Other posts hype the sensationalistic with reports of strange and terrifying phenomena occurring when playing the challenge: from rattling doorknobs to scratching noises to hearing whispers in other rooms when no one was supposed to be there to seeing bizarre shadows and figures. It certainly has the trimmings of a horror flick.

The craze has spread itself across a broad spectrum of online social media, utilising the unique strengths of the various social media platforms to reach the masses in diverse ways. Many are filming their experiences trying the ‘Charlie Charlie Challenge’, and posting to social media. Even the choice of words to get others to “play” the “game” is insidious: it’s a “challenge” and “harmless fun”.

Easy to play!

To top it all off, the materials needed to allegedly summon the demon are easily available to school children. All that is needed is a piece of paper and two pencils. Players draw a cross on a piece of paper and label two yes’s and two no’s in the four quadrants formed. Then, placing the pencils in the form of a cross over the penciled cross, players repeatedly chant: “Charlie, Charlie are you here?” or “Charlie, Charlie, can we play?” – the various posts can’t seem to agree which comes first.

If the top pencil swings to the “Yes,” players can start asking Charlie yes/no questions and the pencils supposedly move in response. All this is done to allegedly conjure a Mexican demon called Charlie or a ghost of the victim of child abuse (again, the various posts don’t seem to agree). When players want to stop, they are advised to go through the ritual of chanting “Charlie, Charlie, can we stop?” then wait for the answer of “yes” before dropping the pencils to the floor to break contact with the demon.

39 Responses to “Demonic game ‘Charlie’ a concern for ESHS principal & staff”

  • .... (01/06/2015, 10:57) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
  • ccc (01/06/2015, 11:18) Like (11) Dislike (9) Reply
    Much to do about nothing....
  • stranger (01/06/2015, 11:29) Like (32) Dislike (2) Reply
    this is some crazy sh*t these parents need to teach their kids how to pray
    • @stranger (01/06/2015, 11:57) Like (55) Dislike (0) Reply
      some parents can't teach them kids to pray because they themselves are partaking in demonic activities
    • 007 (01/06/2015, 14:10) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
      Prayer is as much use as playing this silly game - its all in the imagination. If you want to believe that demons moved the pencil you will believe it, just the same way if you want to believe that you woke up this because you prayed last night.

      No time for supernatural nonsense in 2015
  • suckingMYteeth (01/06/2015, 12:01) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Saw it on Vine, see my kids playing the stupid game. THIS REALLY MADE THE NEWS, come on seriously!!!!!
  • @ stranger (01/06/2015, 12:18) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    How the parents need to teach their children how to pray when they parents themselves don't even pray. All the parents think about is themselves and neglect their children.
    • vick (01/06/2015, 13:38) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
      as far as I am concern,you can also get things done without praying.
  • Seeker of TRUTH! (01/06/2015, 12:22) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Back to slavery again. Keep them scared and you can conquer them. What a disservice we have been to our young people.
  • strabger (01/06/2015, 13:08) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    All we have to do is keep praying for the BVI and hope it gets better
  • and (01/06/2015, 13:13) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
    You all better pray just so the people of the bible was laughing after Noah until the rain start to fall and the food came . People of the BVI this is the last days prayer is needed for this our country
    • Jones (01/06/2015, 14:15) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
      So you actually believe that several million animals walked peacefully onto the ark, it rained for days, all the animals stayed on board, eating and pooping, then after the floods subsided the trees and plants were still alive for the animals to eat regardless of the fact that they had been underwater and therefore oxygen starved and the penquins waddled from the middle east back to Antartica and the Kangaroos hopped back to Australia, because your loving and non-vengeful god decided to kill everyone that he had created.
      You expect people to take you seriously why?
    • Dragon (01/06/2015, 14:16) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
      Just like your fairy story of Noah. Where did he get two of every animal? Did he go to Africa and get elephants and zebras which were not in the country that he lived in?? I wish that you would look at your bible with some common sense and see that these stories are just that, stories with no truth in them.
      • @Dragon (02/06/2015, 10:15) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        Jesus do not lie. Jesus said...

        Luke 17:24-27New English Translation (NET Bible)

        24 For just like the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26 Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage—right up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
        • Proclaiming God's love (04/06/2015, 10:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          I see that both you, Dragon and Jones are both logical thinkers. However, God doesn't play by the rules of logic. For example you questioned the possibility of animals walking onto a boat in twos. If we are to base this simply off of logic, I will have to agree with you, it's impossible. But then with God, the creator of all, it is possible.

          Again moving from logic, we might say that it is impossible for this game to summon demons. However, if we now believe that there is a God (Jesus) and that His word is true (faith), we will see that He said, that there are fallen angels, known to us as demons.

          It is easy and safe to believe in only what our five senses tell us. It's just a silly game, we can't see anyone, but I'm telling/warning you that there is only one God who is the God of the bible. And since there is the God of the bible, there are demons, whom I believe are willing and ready to move their way into our life the second they are given the chance, in this case via a game.

          But it all boils down to your choice of believing, that's where faith comes in. I'll also suggest reading the bible with an open mind.
  • Roc (01/06/2015, 13:17) Like (3) Dislike (14) Reply
    Ndp took prayer out of school so this is what u get feman
  • end of time (01/06/2015, 13:22) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    Look around the prophecy is being full filled from the bible .. this is how man kind will perish curious and not knowing what is the right thing.. This charlie Charlie game is a tempting Game by the Devil and he is winning cause of mankind curiosity .. Go to church and bow before God and you will realize how social media and politics are all works of the Devil .. Pray and ask for forgiveness we are in the END OF TIME..... smoke weed relax and read the bible , meditate on what we suppose to actually doing in life
    • 007 (01/06/2015, 14:17) Like (16) Dislike (6) Reply
      It would seem as though you are a product of too much weed smoking and no longer able to think clearly. For two thousand years you balmy believers have said the world is about to end. The pencils move by gravity. All you are doing is adding to the scaremongering
    • @end of time (02/06/2015, 10:06) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
      You seem to have much understanding of demonic end time experiences but God would never which for anyone to Smoke Weed, this is not of God. Yes God is coming soon, but no one knows but the father not even the Son of God when. The signs are showing but do not be fooled into taken drugs. The devil uses many traps to deceive the world. He mixes truth with lies too. God is all truth. God would never wish for his creation to defile their bodies with smoke from herbs. This is not of God.
  • Dick Pepperfield (01/06/2015, 16:01) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Lets be honest does this suprise you? We have 21 year old man in 3rd form little girls pregnant and still attending school.....AND going into labor on campus smh pathetic and disgusting! The ONLY THING MISSING IS DEVIL WORSHIPPING! And you know it take DUMMIES to engage in this so what you realy think was going to happen. I swear the late great Elmore Stoutt probably rolling in his grave smh.
    • @DP (01/06/2015, 16:38) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      Elmore Stoutt dead?
      • Dick Pepperfield (02/06/2015, 05:21) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Forgive me it sounded good in the rant. I needed to correct it before hitting send but was to pissed.
    • me (01/06/2015, 16:40) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Obviously you dont live in the BVI as Mr Elmore Stoutt (whom the school is named in his honour) is still alive. I believe you are getting him mixed up with his late uncle.
    • lordy (01/06/2015, 20:44) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      The late Elmore Stoutt?

      Really n****h?
  • christian (01/06/2015, 16:16) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    It’s a modernized Ouija board game and it can cause demonic possession, it also allures people with God given gifts to see and communicate in the second heaven realm. It seduces the person to channel their gifts towards falling angels and to be psychics, fortune tellers and to practice divination. When you channel your mind to Jesus Christ God will help you to use this gift for the Prophetic Ministry. (It’s like your gift is the satellite dish and you have turned your Will to signal demons and not God.) Many with these God give gifts like to use Ouija board games because it helps them to channel their gift and because it is supernatural. They do not understand that they are communicating with falling angels. These falling angels are the cause of evil in this world. They cause drug addiction, suicide, murder etc. They cause you to do bad things to people instead of praying for them. They give you a quick fix of power and says to you ‘God is not quick enough to deliver your needs’. These falling angels hate mankind they are jealous of man because they see that man have a chance to be with God, to be in heaven ‘and they no longer do’. The Bible states Hosea 4:6 (my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. "Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.) and Deuteronomy 18:10 (there shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer)
    Christians…Pray for the Youths! Last year I had a dream were the Lord took me to the foundation of the earth and showed me seasons of demonic attacks towards the youth of the world. In my dream, I had a great desire to pray for the children to know Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior. As I prayed the demons fled. Those that truly have a relationship with Christ Jesus, and are not sitting in church for tradition, worldly causes, power, prestige, pride, and ambition but who truly are people of God know what needs to be done and if you don’t, talk to God and He will tell you. I know I am to pray for the children of the world salvation and protection from demonic forces. If you wish to know more I will give you an email address of contact.
    • 007 (01/06/2015, 22:18) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      Its called mass hysteria and is the same hysteria that goes on in your churches, you all think something is happening, because you WANT it to happen.
      • christian (02/06/2015, 08:50) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        Everything that happens in the spiritual world effects the world. Darkness hides behind ignorance, it's a unseen trap of demons. God releases His wisdom of these spritual things to who He wills as the Devil deceives the world in darkness and hearts blinded by self will and pride.
    • just Ice (02/06/2015, 23:40) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      This is unsubstantiated ,dreamy drivel from a brainwashed fundamentalist would be prophet.
      It Is only rivalled by the sheer stupidity of the People who believe this Charlie rubbish...
      A Mexican called Charlie. ????? Are you serious?
      it really is laughable
  • Its not real (01/06/2015, 17:03) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    To all my ppl who believe in the supernatural... this is NOT a supernatural occurence... it's just a silly game and I can't believe we are so gullible in this BVI. they are children and the pencils move by themselves at best. Everybody just need to CALM down... this is not a SUPERNATURAL war... this is just a idiotic war. (There is NO Mexican demon by the name of Charlie. Charlie is not even a Mexican name.)
    • christian (01/06/2015, 18:48) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      If the children are entertaining the supernatural in any way by use of pencils etc. there is cause for concern. Don't let the devil down play this kind of behavior. These things are not to be taken lightly, not with our children. (Pray Christians and ask God personal what is going on with the children. God will give you dreams and spritual understanding. Once God has revealed to you the plans of evil you can then pray to Jesus against their plans and stop the works of evil.)
      • hello (01/06/2015, 22:21) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
        What is going on is that these children that are brought up in christian homes are generally the result of fornication before marriage, have several siblings with different parents, have parents that still believe in medieval christian beliefs (when it suits them) and these same children are repeating what their parents did and will end up as ignorant as their parent (s).

        There is only one thing more ridiculous than an imaginary friend and that is an imaginary enemy.
        • christian (02/06/2015, 09:18) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
          There is fornication in Non-Christian homes as will. This point is grasping at imaginary straws. There is only one thing more dangerous than an imaginary enemy, one that does exist and fouls you into living in pride, and separates you from the only thing that exist that truly loves you and will ever love you, 'Your Maker' God! John 3:16 (For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son, so that everyone who 'Believes' in him will not perish but have eternal life). There is only one that has truth, there is only one that created truth Jesus and He never lies.
    • @Its not real (01/06/2015, 19:13) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      Here is an article about this game.... This is not to be taken lightly.
    • Devil's advocate (01/06/2015, 19:36) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      You speak as an agent of satan!!!..tell them I am not real and in them believing I am not real I gain entrance into their life and family and before you know it their life and dreams are in shambles. Keep your opinion to yourself. Satan and his demons are real seeking whom they may devour. Do you think your saying he is not real make shim any less real. Evil is rampant every where you look and you would have us believe that your devil is a figment of man's imagination.
  • SB (02/06/2015, 05:25) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    The supernatural need to enter some of these kids pencil and pen too. Maybe they can supernaturally pass to the next grade smh. Nothing to see here move it along.

    P.S. Mr. Stoutt pass?
  • christian (02/06/2015, 09:44) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    We Christians enjoy the many blessing of the Lord in this nation because we have made a place for God in your minds and hearts. We have also make a place for God in your schools and so protection covers our children. We will pray for your children and ask God to cover and bless them so that no weapon form against them will prosper Seen or Unseen! For We Have Been Created For Such A Time As This! We are soldiers of the Almighty God and we are here to bring the light of God to dark places of this earth so that darkness will be revealed and destroyed!

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