The Primary and Secondary Education ministry has said reports of Satanism at Ellis Robins School in Mabelreign, Harare, are the works of pranksters among some of the students.

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By Phyllis Mbanje

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This comes amid reports that borders at the school had encountered bizarre occurrences which were allegedly linked to Satanism.

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But a senior official in the ministry dispelled the claims, saying all was well at the all-boys school.

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“You know how boys behave, there is nothing like that. It was most probably a prank,” said the official, who is not authorised to speak to the media.

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The sources said some church pastors had to be called and convened at the hostels for prayer sessions to calm the pupils who wanted to leave for home.

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School authorities also held a meeting with students and issued a stern warning to those who initiated the drama.

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District education officer for Warren Park, Cloud Nyambuya, who coincidentally is a former headmaster at the school, declined to comment on the matter.

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Over the weekend most of the boarders reportedly requested to go home with their parents as they were afraid to sleep in the dormitories.
\n“I ferried a boarder from the school and he told me that they were scared of whatever was haunting their hostels at night,” said a cab driver from Mabelreign.

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It has also been alleged that following a prayer by the pupils that was held prior to that of the pastors, some of the students started nose-bleeding.

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Students have remained adamant that something paranormal was going on in the hostels.

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The boarders reportedly saw blood in the bath tub and many had similar incessant nightmares.

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However, despite the assurances, most parents and pupils were still unsettled and demanding that the ministry conduct a thorough investigation.

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“My son is not a boarder, but that does not give me comfort. We want answers from [Education minister Lazarus] Dokora and his team,” said a parent who was dropping off her son on Monday.

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Meanwhile, following publication of the story which went viral on social media platforms, students have fallen victim to taunting from other schools.

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“Other students are now branding us Satanists and that is very unsettling,” a Form One pupil said.

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