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‘Charlie Charlie not a hoax’, say learners

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The controversial game Charlie Charlie has left various schools on high alert following concerning reports of youth affected. Outraged Trafalgar High School learners have appealed to other learners at Western Cape schools not to participate in playing the game but to remember their relationship with their Creator. The game involves placing two pencils across each other on a marked sheet of paper then calling on the spirit ‘Charlie Charlie’.

Warning messages have spread like wildfire on social media, with unconfirmed reports of some kids being injured. However, questions remain as to whether this game is a hoax or not. In recent months, the Charlie Charlie challenge went viral on the internet. Some people are speculating that the game was a publicity stunt for an upcoming film called ‘Charlie Charlie’.

But some learners at Trafalgar High School say the game is a reality. *Aniqah Abrahams tried to take her own life after learners played ‘Charlie Charlie’ around her. It sparked a fear that bad spirits would follow her. She wants learners who are playing the game to be aware of the damage it causes.

“I don’t want Jin to be with me. The pencil will spin and children will ask ‘Charlie Charlie must I?’ or they will start swearing at Charlie and bad things will happen. One girl succeeded in committing suicide in my area and it is all because of this game. It kills and evil spirits follow you around. I want learners to stop playing the game as it takes lives. If you believe in Allah S.W.T you won’t play it,” says Abrahams.

*Rafeeqah Abarder said she was shocked to see how learners have taken onto the game.

“People just talk about ‘Charlie Charlie’ around me all the time and I’m sick of it. If you have a strong relationship between you and your Creator nothing will shake it but they believe more in the game than they do in their Creator. People should not forget their Creator,” says Abarder.

*Meeka-eel Barnes finds it disturbing that different generations are passing the game down to one another. Children in high school are teaching primary school children.

“Older children are teaching younger children how to play the game and it’s ridiculous. Why must they play the game? Why should older children teach younger children how to play the game. It sets a bad example and influences them. Children in older grades should know better,” says Barnes.

Abarder feels the game is young people’s way of mimicking what they have witnessed on social media.

”An American guy shows you how to play it on Youtube and now everyone is just copying what they have seen,” says Abarder.

Schools have implemented a suspension procedure aimed at any learner who played the game based on the provincial education department’s s69(39) of the Education Laws Amendment Act providing that if a learner’s life is endangered the school has the right to suspend the learner.

“We will be investigating the incident. I have no material evidence and I don’t want to point fingers. This game is so bad everywhere… it is affecting the youth but it has not gotten that bad at our school,” says principal Mr Nadeem Hendricks.

“Any game played that is demonic will be outlawed at the school and we will not hesitate to remove the child from the school who participate in such activities. We cannot have anything that will endanger any of our learners’ lives. Our number one priority is the safety of our learners. Our first pillar at our school is safety and that includes a lot of things like bullying. We need to make learners feel safe and wanted.” VOC

*names have been changed

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