'Mass hysteria' grips students after supernatural sightings

MUAR, Johor - About 50 students, mainly girls, of Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) Muar at Batu 6, Bakri here, went hysterical after claiming to have experienced supernatural sightings since Wednesday night.

The students from Form One to Four students claimed to have either seen spiritual being near their hostel or classrooms beforehand .

The situation only returned to normal after a religious teacher was called in to help in calming the victims.

It is learnt that the school was forced to allow the affected students to go home since Friday morning.

Those who are still staying at the hostel, are mainly those who are due to take their Penilaian Menengah Rendah next Tuesday and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia which will start.

A Form Three student, identified as Amar, said many of his friends claimed to have seen spiritual being before the hysterical attack.

"They suddenly behaved abnormally and screamed non-stop. School teachers tried to bring their to a surau, where an ustaz was waiting to treat the affected students," he said. Another Form 3 student, called Rahman, said the hysterical attack lasted almost three days before it subsided today.

"Many students panicked when they see their friends behaving unnaturally. I was told that a former imam and a religious teacher from Batu Pahat were invited to cast away the spirit yesterday.

"They sprinkled salt around the hostel area, probably to expel the spirit away," he said.

The school could not be contacted for comments.