'Annabelle the Devil Doll' Forces Resignation of Teacher May 18, 2015 19:41:06 GMT -5
Post by Joanna on May 18, 2015 19:41:06 GMT -5
Teacher Forced to Resign for Showing 'Annabelle the Devil Doll' to Students
An elementary school teacher in New Home, Texas (population 334), resigned Tuesday, May 12, in response to sustained complaints from a throng of irate parents because she had shown her third-grade students a six-minute Travel Channel video called Annabelle the Devil Doll. The teacher is Heather Anderson, formerly of New Home Elementary School. Anderson showed the video about the killer demon doll to eight- and nine-year-old students back in March, reports Lubbock NBC affiliate KCBD. At the time, she allegedly asked her students not to tell their parents what had happened.
Anderson’s resignation followed several fiery school board meetings at which a number of parents expressed their outrage over the incident. Angry parents said their children had difficulty sleeping at night after seeing the video and, in one instance, professional counseling was necessary.
The teacher also had her supporters in town. They said Anderson did not intentionally show the terrifying segment about the fiendish, homicidal doll. The accident only occurred, they suggested, because the video automatically played after the one Anderson wanted to show had ended. One weakness of the argument that Anderson’s actions were accidental is that she managed to show the offending doll video to two different groups of students, according to a statement from local school district superintendent Leland Zant.
“Annabelle the Devil Doll” is a fairly standard-looking rag doll owned by the proprietors of Warren’s Occult Museum in Monroe, Conn. In the video, museum curator Tony Spera called his collection of “unholy” and “unblessed” occult items “the most haunted location” in the world. Spera insisted, “the most diabolical item” in the museum is “a simple child’s doll named Annabelle” that “has the power to kill.” The story of Annabelle has sort of a Chucky feel. Spera explained the doll’s history dates back to a 1970 incident just a few miles away involving Annabelle’s mysteriously crossing its arms and appearing to scribble notes asking for help.
The owner of the doll, a nursing student, called in a psychic for a séance, the story goes, and the psychic said a dead child had taken control of the doll. The next thing that happened was that Annabelle tried to choke a friend of the nursing student’s in a dream – sort of Freddy Krueger-like. Then, and only then, the students decided to contact the owners of Warren’s Occult Museum, according to Spera.
Lorraine Warren, founder of the museum, said she had reason to believe the spirit possessing the doll was not a dead child, but actually an evil demon. Warren’s husband, Ed, went to retrieve the doll and said it caused the car he was driving to behave erratically – perhaps a bit like the car in Stephen King’s Christine. He then sprinkled Annabelle with some holy water he happened to have on hand and made the sign of the cross. This was enough to calm the doll until he got back to the museum.
“We believe it’s responsible for the death of a young man that came here to the museum,” Spera also matter-of-factly explained. The guy who died, Spera said, was a visitor to the occult museum who unwisely chose to ask Annabelle to demonstrate her powers. “Three hours later this young man was dead,” he claimed. “He died instantly when he hit a tree head-on with his motorcycle.” The curator added that the lesson in the story of Annabelle is that “you do not challenge the demonic.”
Anderson, the Texas teacher, had been suspended by school officials before she resigned.
The story of Annabelle has been the germ for the plots of two movies: Annabelle as well as The Conjuring (“the horrifying true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, world renowned paranormal investigators”). The Warren’s Occult Museum appears to be permanently closed.
The third-grade classroom incident is somewhat reminiscent of a recent incident at an Ohio public high school involving a substitute Spanish teacher who was convicted on criminal charges after showing The ABC’s of Death, what administrators deemed “a vile, totally inappropriate horror movie,” to students in five classes.
Source: Eric Owens, The Daily Caller, May 14, 2015.