The Saint Ignatius Ghost
Nat Granville’16 & Claire Fenerty’16
At SI, there have been numerous reports of supernatural activities in the classrooms. Nobody knows the source of these encounters, but upon further investigation, we have found evidence of a ghost. This ghost does not present itself in its physical form, but rather through subtle actions and unusual events.
One of the most surprising occurrences happened in room 303, a chemistry lab filled with dangerous substances. Mr. Stecher recalls the incident clearly: “Once we had a demo set up where we were going to blow up a balloon, and it was sitting in the back of the classroom, and it blew up all on its own before we had a chance to get to it.”
Mrs. Curcio has experienced the presence of this "spirit" as well. Horror movies often begin innocently with things that bump over in the night and shadows that lurk in the corner, and then escalate to scarier circumstances. She says, "When it's raining and really, really windy up in 309, the windows have a sound they make; I swear there's a gremlin in there, or there's a dead duck. A dying duck? Something like that." This sounds an awful lot like a ghost lurking on the outside of the school, ominously tapping on our windows, looking desperately for a way to get inside. We better keep our windows shut from now on just to be safe.
The most commonly reported act played has been ghosts tampering with technology. Ms. Dumas, room 321, stated, "Sometimes what happens is that the screen automatically goes up and down." Mr. Cecchin, room 322, agrees that this happens too, but he thinks, "Some kid has an override." Fr. Stiegeler has had similar problems in room 208. Many freshmen can recall the "devil" in the DVD player. "We have an evil spirit in here who likes to play tricks; the screen will go up, and the screen will go down without anybody saying anything. Sometimes the machines don't work when they are supposed to work, and you can almost hear the evil spirit laughing. It's fun to pretend there is an evil spirit out there doing bad things. It might even be a little angel trying to get a boring class to laugh,” says Fr. Stiegeler.
On the other hand, Mr. Castro, an AP Psychology teacher, wholeheartedly disagrees with the idea of a "ghost" in the school. He says, "AP Psychology is a science interested in understanding human thought and behavior. I have never seen anything odd or unusual; nothing is unexplainable by science. Everything is the result of known causes if you investigate enough, study enough, and know enough.”
There has been some controversy over whether or not there is an existence of some type of spirit at school. SI accepts new ideas and allows others to have their own. It is up to the SI community to decide for themselves whether or not there is a ghost in SI.
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