THE MINISTRY of Education has issued a ban on students playing the game called Charlie, Charlie Challenge in schools.
In a bulletin issued today, Chief Education Officer, Dr. Grace McLean says schools should ensure that students are not allowed to play the game.
The Education Ministry says the ban follows reports from several schools that some students have displayed very disruptive behaviour after playing the game.
It says some have also displayed demon-possessed or paranormal behaviour while playing the game.
It’s the new controversial game that has gone viral on the Internet and has already been banned by a number of Caribbean countries, including St. Lucia and Barbados.
The game is played by putting 2-pencils on a piece of paper in the shape of the cross with the words ‘yes’ and ‘no’.
Participants then repeat the phrase “Charlie, Charlie can we play?” in order to connect with the supposed Mexican demon.
If Charlie is there the pencils will move to indicate his answer.
At that point of the screams, the pencils moved to the word ‘yes.’
While some say its gravity that produced the movement, other say it’s the demon indicating that its willingness to play.
In a statement this afternoon, the Ministry of Education says parents and guardians should monitor their children carefully, as based on reviews of the game, there can be serious psychological and physical harms to children.
The Ministry is further advising school personnel to immediately contact the regional offices if they need help and further support to address the situation.