‘Demonic’ game

Pastors and police called in to four govt schools

The Ministry of Education has launched an investigation into reports of strange and disturbing student behaviour at some schools, after the students reportedly played an increasingly popular game known as the Charlie Charlie Challenge.   

Acting Chief Education Officer Karen Best told Barbados TODAY education authorities only became aware of the reports through the media today.

Acting Chief Education Officer Karen Best

“All I can say is that we will investigate it to find out what is really going on,” she said.

The game, which is taking over Twitter, is fuelled by speculation that players can connect with a dead Mexican spirit known as “Charlie”.  It involves placing two pencils on a piece of paper in the shape of a cross with the words “yes” and “no”.

Participants then repeat the phrase “Charlie, Charlie can we play?” in order to connect with the alleged demon. If “Charlie” is there, the pencils will move to indicate his answer.

Police, along with a number of pastors from the Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies (PAWI) group, were summoned to several schools today, including the Lawrence T. Gay Memorial where a pupil reportedly started reacting strangely after playing the game.   

Students at the St Leonard’s Boys’ Secondary School were also assembled for prayer in light of concerns over the impact which the “demonic” craze was having.

Retired Anglican Bishop of Barbados, The Right Reverend Dr Rufus Brome, told Barbados TODAY that there were evil forces at work in the world.

The Right Reverend Dr Rufus Brome
The Right Reverend Dr Rufus Brome

He said: “It is not just that you are dealing with evil individuals, but we have to deal with evil systems and evil powers that are trying to work against God. Within the Scriptures, we read about Jesus casting out demons. People are beginning to come around to see that evil is real and not a case of a person who is insane. There is an evil force working against what is good.

“Part of our problem is that if you cast out evil, you have to put something good in its place. Evil is not just the absence of good. If you cast out evil, you have to ensure that something good takes its place,” added Brome, lamenting that a lot of “the grounding people used to have with the teaching of Scripture in primary schools and attending Sunday School . . . no longer exists” to expose them to what was good.

Among pastors called in to pray at schools today were Rev Paul Leacock of the First Baptist Church and Rev Selwyn Brathwaite of the Kingdom Life Assembly. Rev Brathwaite told Barbados TODAY all he was asked to do was to go and pray for some spiritual activity.

However, he did not see a reason for panic, even though it may be an issue of concern.

“I think people are jumping on a bandwagon. We should get all the facts and then make an informed decision,” said the pastor, who is one of the 7,500 members of PAWI.

In an email circulated to member churches, PAWI head Bishop Gerry Seale wrote: “Rev Paul Leacock has confirmed that he and Rev Michael Alleyne are at the Lawrence T. Gay School . . . where demonic activity has been manifested as a result of Charlie’s Challenge. The police were summoned.

“Rev Selwyn Brathwaite has told me he has been called to Milton Lynch School. The head of Praying Moms has just notified me that the police have been summoned to Ellerslie Secondary School. This morning, I spoke to a Youth Pastor in Guyana who has had to deal with 16 students so far needing deliverance from demonic activity as a result of this game.”

PAWI head Bishop Gerry Seale
PAWI head Bishop Gerry Seale

Later, in an interview with Barbados TODAY, Bishop Seale called on all churches across the island to designate Monday as a day of fasting and prayer on behalf of the young people of this nation.

“I am asking churches across Barbados to begin a time of serious spiritual warfare,” he stressed.

The religious leader noted that he had already spoken to his two grandchildren who attend school, urging them to keep far away from the Charlie Charlie Challenge due to its negative spiritual impact.    

“This needs urgent, sustained prayer,” he pointed out.

Meanwhile, pastor in charge of Restoration Ministries, Senator Rev David Durant, expressed the view the game could have devastating effects. He said while he was aware the Ministry of Education had a pastor assigned to every school, there was need for teachers with Christian backgrounds to be trained in areas of “intercessory intervention” through prayer. This, he suggested, would equip them to have a better knowledge about how to handle similar occurrences in the classroom.

“Any infiltration of demonic forces into our school life is disastrous and would be devastating; so we need people in the form of our teachers to pray for our children and help to guide them in a positive way,” he said.

Similar strange events have been reported at schools in other Caribbean countries including Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda and St Lucia.


34 Responses to ‘Demonic’ game

  1. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer May 29, 2015 at 2:36 am

    stop this foolishness

  2. allison archer May 29, 2015 at 3:38 am

    most pastors and teachers continue to close their eyes to what is really going on, people do not want to accept what is real, even in karate, parents continue to allow their children to be taught claiming they need to protect themselves from bullies, it is demonic, calling on the demon god kai and the children are becoming as lewd and violent as ever
    this is satan’s world and if people do not repent of their evil ways and turn to the Living God satan will continue to take over society and lead them straight into hell.
    you people better wake up and accept salvation while it is the acceptable day

  3. jrsmith May 29, 2015 at 4:51 am

    The failure of this all ,media and social technology ,the avoidance of parents to control and discipline they kids and are always depending on others to put they failures right.
    The kids are not behaving , or doing anything different , most black people have dabble in (OBEAH ) mostly to gain wealth or cause problem to persons they don’t like.
    Its the here and now ,the young people are connecting with the wide world and its horrors, we have in the world today ,grand parents with starting ages of 25 , that’s where we are at.
    lets try getting our kids to focus , and recover our culture . teach them the history of our great late brother (NELSON MANDELA ) history which is real.

  4. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes May 29, 2015 at 5:20 am

    30 years ago it was a Ouija board. Harmless fun. I teach in the states and on Tuesday it was the biggest news in school. Told them I was going to put something on You Tube and see how many of them fall for it.lol I really do not see why this is news.

    • ken May 29, 2015 at 7:10 am

      There is nothing harmless nor fun about handling objects of demonic activities. Ouija boards were not harmless fun. Whether you and people like you believe it or not there is a spiritual world, and there is a spiritual kingdom where God rules. No amount of ignorance will make these facts any less real. Paying a blind eye to the works of demons, calling it harmless fun, trying to convince people that activities which lead to demonic possession is nothing to worry about is silly and dangerous. Don’t be an agent of evil.

  5. Seth St John
    Seth St John May 29, 2015 at 6:48 am

    It’s times like this I really must wonder.. In this age with all of our advances in science, 2 pencils and a piece of paper really making the news? Really? I mean id understand if u walk in on a full sacrificial ritual with a bunch of kids holding the still beating heart of a 3 headed snake and summoning khuthulu to do their bidding… But even then, major news item? Sigh… The church must be loving this free publicity

    • ken May 29, 2015 at 11:28 am

      Don’t be ridiculous Seth, science cannot explain this because it is not science for a pencil to point to an answer on its own when asked a question. But this new age belief system which allows persons to bury their head in the proverbial sand of science and insulting the body of Christ must have people like you comforted. As long as you can find an explanation to occurances like these then that becomes your reality. The church does not need publicity or advertising help, the church is here to preach the gospel of Christ and that’s it, your decisions are all up to you so don’t be misguided. The body of Christ does not need people like you to be insulting it either. The church or Christ does not need you, you need Christ don’t forget that, so shut up if you have nothing profitable to say about the church or Christ. You giving your mouth too much liberty.

      • harry turnover June 2, 2015 at 7:11 am

        Ken…YOU TALKING BARE FOOLISHNESS…how can a sensible man say ” science cannot explain this because it is not science for a pencil to point to an answer on its own when asked a question ”
        FOOL !! the pencil DID NOT MOVE in response to the question.Don’t you know that it ALL depends on how the pencil on top was PLACED IN THE FIRST PLACE…sometimes it would move and the other times it would not move WHETHER OR NOT A QUESTION WAS ASKED ??
        Come on this IS THE YEAR 2015 man,and YOU telling me that a pencil will move when asked a question,and even got the GALL to come on cyber space and say that is true.
        You need to go and read a PHYSICS BOOK mate and when ya done go and read ya BIBLE.
        A pencil will move when asked a question WTRS I hearing.
        If you so believe in those pencils asked the pencil (the one on top or the one at bottom ? if the numbers 11,20 and 30 will be on the midday double draw and the power ball number on tonights’ Super Lotto will be 11.

  6. lester May 29, 2015 at 6:54 am

    what about the crop over festival where porn is clearly seen, what about bullers in the churches molesting little boys, what about the filthy, drug laced, gun violence music played daily on our psv and radio stations in bim, the church in barbados is a knee jerk church the hypocrisy of it all. what about the daily ads of the necromancers\ psychics in the print media. This game is an off shoot of the society, parents reject God thus this.

  7. Maxine Hutchinson May 29, 2015 at 8:32 am

    A few months ago,I made a call via this medium for the churches to summon a day of prayer for our youth and our land. No one took me on. Now, something has happened that could have been averted had we entered into a day of prayer.

    I have been expressing my wish that the churches, especially the Anglican communion, would begin to become involved in the works that Jesus did during his earthly ministry. He healed the sick, he drove demons out of the people and he taught his followers about the Kingdom of God. He was not preoccupied with how good his “sermon” would sound in the ears of the parishioners.

    Last Sunday was the Day of Pentecost. I am yet to hear a sermon that reminded us of the works Jesus did during his earthly ministry. Sunday was the perfect day for sermons to be preached about the works of the God through his Holy Spirit. I was indeed disappointed that nothing of casting out of devils and healing the sick was among the issues mentioned in the sermons. Healing is not about asking congregants to file past a Priest or Pastor to get a daub of olive oil on your forehead. We have to become serious about the relationship that we claim to have with Jehovah our Creator and Architect of the Universe. As one former satanist stated: “The Homosexuals have come out of the closet and the churches have gone into the closet”. (F Ramirez – See YouTube).

  8. Patrick Blackman May 29, 2015 at 9:15 am

    First of all this whole thing is nonsense, what spirits etc. foolishness. It is just harmless stuff, a game. So what if they are suppose to communicate with the dead. Jesus died and rose from the dead and we are suppose to accept this and pray to him, same crap move on…. The church has no moral authority over us, they are just a much as evil as the rest of us. Because you choose to be a christain doesn’t mean we all should be, do your thing and we will do our thing.

    Move on.. Move on stop trying to be relevant.

    • ken May 29, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      Every man is accountable for what he says and does. Admitting your evil nature Patrick does not give you the right to cast that on others. Freedom of speech may give you the right to express your views and you are exercise that right according to your father’s will, because like him you are also evil as per your confession. You have no respect for God nor is sanctuary just like him so there is no surprise here when you look at dabbling in demonic activity as just one of those things. He expects you to do his will and criticize the church and that is what you are doing so faithfully for him. I hope you can afford to hold the payment he will ultimately reward you with.

      • harry turnover June 2, 2015 at 7:31 am

        Man you sound like you possessed ( with Charlie ).Another NUT like you said ‘ man ya got to be serious when calling Charlie ”
        Look seeing that Charlie is SO dumb as to answer YES or NO, there are 35 numbers on a super lotto ticket ask Charlie if the number 1 will be called tonight right down to the number 35 and if in the super ball column numbers 1 to 10. To convince even more ask him about any number OUTSIDE of the stipulated numbers .
        In other words you will have to ask him a total of 45 questions and REMEMBER ya gotta be SERIOUS.
        You believe in Charlie and ya got the time,do it and get back to me.

  9. Marcia Clarke May 29, 2015 at 10:06 am

    There is good and bad all around us , it is just that some of us were not exposed to bad/evil so we assumed that everything was upright and good………..This is not the case in the real world.Look back at the Jim Jones tragedy which should have opened our eyes.

  10. jrsmith May 29, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Nothing is better than harry potter, see the films ,read the books.
    One day soon pigs will fly.
    Nature itself gives us ,wind, rain, thunder, lightning and earth quakes, that is reality. not from a book.

  11. nanci May 29, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    If the kids believe they inviting the devil it would happen, same thing as obeah, if you believe someone could harm you by doing all that stupidness in their home, then it will harm you. As long as you dont eat from people they cant work any obeah on you. Obeah come from mostly haitian people, you know how many haitian and african people work obeah on other people and nothing happen to the person. The bad thing only happen to the person that is working the obeah, so this thing about 2 pencils and a board, just dont believe in it. I am reminded of the group back in the 70’s when they sang about 2 white fowls. People blame black cats for bad luck,, and would kill a black cat, back in the day and even today if some people see a black cat,, they would ran for the hills. Its a bunch of nothing, let the teachers teach the kids, and let the kids pray at home, exams coming up.

  12. nanci May 29, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    no one is crying down the church, you know how many wicked people in the churches today? they all claim the bible told them to keep away from evil people, but the same bible said all have sinned. So only god knows your heart, mankind cannot judge another person. I dont believe the kids is inciting demons, its just its gain lots of publicity, and gone too far. The kids should focus on their school work and forget about this stupidness. Also you dont think with lots of science experiments in schools, kids minds are open up to other things? As i said before, some people would ran for the hills if they see a black cat, but meanwhile they got rats running around in their homes that could give them lots of diseases, and they wont ran from the rats and mice, but they would ran from a cat. A cat cant give you diseases, a mice or rat can if he ran over what you have to eat or drink.

    • ken May 29, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      Nancy, wicked people are free to enter any place in this country, from the dance halls to the church, post offices, bus stations, supermarkets etc so I don’t get your point. Even Jesus had Judah with him, so you gine renounce Christ for that too. They are all over the place even in this chat room, the church is not immune and is not evil because wicked people decide to go there.

    • harry turnover June 2, 2015 at 7:45 am

      Tell him Nanci. I know of a ” PRIEST “,who told a shapely young woman,that he would put her in an apartment BUT NO OTHER MAN MUST COME THERE
      I know of a so called ” CHRISTIAN ” workmate who was pushing sex talk to a female workmate,and she told ALL of her other workmates,and up to this day he doesn’t know his workmates know of his CHRISTIAN ADVANCES. and I can go on and on about them CHRISTIANS !

  13. ken May 29, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    When one looks at these developments, not only here in Barbados but throughout the Caribbean, the similar unscientific response to a demonic ritual, I am amazed at the level of support this demonic practice has here in this country. It is sad that the church came under such criticism for her response towards this. The church decided to renounce this activity and called for prayer, however she is met with condemnation. It’s a given though; Satan will kick up and use his possessed agents to hurl their insults. This indicates that the church is going in the right direction on this. It is sad that this once Godly nation is reduced to harboring such audacity.

  14. Patrick Blackman May 29, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    @Ken: You have the right to your beliefs, because I take the view that this demonic stuff as it is being call is just nonsence, now I am going to burn in hell just because I don’t agree with you. You guys talk about Jesus ( a dead man who rose from the dead according to the church) and worship him, I don’t have a problem with that, what is so different from what the kids are supposed to be doing? Calling or invoking a spirit, the bible speaks about the holy spirit and much more but because it didn’t come from the church, it is demonic. Get a life chap, you choose to believe I choose to look at the facts.

    • ken May 29, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      Your lack of knowledge of spirituality and spiritual activities is causing you to put your foot in your mouth. I cannot respond to this nonsence without feeling utterly sorry for you. You are totally wrong about what Jesus and his Holy Spirit represents on this earth. You obviously read VERY LITTLE of the Bible and now pretending to know something. Whoever gave you this information is feeding you lies…oops! Sorry, you got it from your father right? I am sure your response will be furnished with his brand of “truth”.

  15. Patrick Blackman May 29, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    @Ken: Didn’t Jesus talk about judging people, now you are judging me and calling me evil… what a load of crap. You have already broken god’s commands, now go and repent before you burn in hell.

    • ken May 29, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Patrick you called yourself evil not me. I believe you can read or at least read your own writing. I assume you are not illiterate or dyslexic so read back what you wrote. If you believe you have the right to judge the church I will retort without apology.

  16. ken May 29, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Who told you that you are going to burn in hell? Who mentioned hell to you? You and I are both entitled to our beliefs but dont think that you gine come and use your belief system to try and drag the name of christ and his sanctuary over the coals and go away without being challenged. If you think you can speak so boldly against christians then I have a mouth too and a God to back me up.

  17. Patrick Blackman May 29, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    @ken: Just to make you happy, I will say you are right.. now got off and seek solace in the lord your god. When you can read the original greek, latin and to some extent German then you you talk to me about my knowledge of the bible. It is far more superior than yours I can assure you. You flybynight Christians always think you know everything about the bible just by reading the one from the store, never taking the time or effort to learn from the original text and do the translation yourself, I have, and I still am doing it because I enjoy it, have you?

    Have a nice day sir go in peace to serve the lord.

    • ken May 30, 2015 at 12:06 am

      You mean the Bible that was originally translated from the original Aramaic Hebrew language (which is an afroasiatic language) on papyrus reeds into koine greek and latin by means of the septugint or septuginta? You are right I know nothing of the bible or its original texts because I went to sleep during my years in theological school and you were wide awake up under the lecturer’s nose understanding evergthing he said as “lets all worship demons”.

  18. chet June 1, 2015 at 6:28 am

    People should stop this crap about demons. Man isthe demon and the pastors love this craze to perpetuate fear and bring people to the church. Ask Morris if you doubt me. He is the only one of them that ever made any sense and tell the truth.

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  20. jrsmith June 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    @ Patrick , please remember black people so easy to pick the simple things to start them off on the god/ Jesus bible trail. What is so sad our ministry of education is taking this matter seriously. next thing they will ban pencils in schools.
    All these people and they bibles and they hours and days at church praying, they still go pay the obeah man or woman. How many parents complain to the schools head..
    Our kids are healthy, young and vibrant in a world of electronic media, a media where everything is directed to the engaging public, hundreds of worst things can be picked up by our kids
    What is outrageous ,the ministry is investigating, at the end of this who will be punished. waste of time.
    We have more issues in Barbados requiring the ability of bajans to get our island fix, than a silly game from the internet.

  21. Patrick Blackman June 1, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    @jrsmith: well said brother, well said.

  22. Tony Waterman June 3, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I don’t know why you all going after one another for, what you should be doing is going after the Frightened Clergy, why have none of these So called “Me/Women of the Cloth, God’s Agents done the RIGHT Thing and get a real position to Postulate from, by doing what i, no person of the Cloth has done, “Played the Game” Yes!!!! I played the game so that i could have first hand knowledge of what happens, and know what ??? NOTHING, but i did notice a few things, first off it takes quite a bit of time to get the pencils Balanced, and also if you move suddenly, or if someone opens a door nearby, those pencils react to the movement of the air mass caused by those movements, i also think that the Graphite inside the pencils play a part in any Movement of the Pencils, but as far as i can see there is Nothing DEMONIC about it.

    Breaking News!!!!!! a US Film Company has admitted to being the source of the charlie, Charlie Challenge as a promotion of one of their upcoming Ghost Movies.

    so there goes the demonic claims by all those SCARED Clergy in Barbados, my question to them is this, why did you lot not do like me, and played the game, if you had indeeed raised a Demon, as members of the Cloth/Church, you should be able to get rid of it, otherwise you no different from me.

  23. jrsmith June 3, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    See all those god fearing people running scared, and frighten we now see more of how religious people behave , plus our pillars of education made to look silly, many things they still don’t understand , the simplest things they hook onto, it shows the only way they function is with they bible. they cant catch a bus with out a pray. Sad.
    History ,black man ,religion and the bible they are still waiting ,still searching for what they cant say.

  24. Patrick Blackman June 3, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    I guess @ken the fool is now thinking what an idiot I made of myself. There nothing wrong with religion it is WHAT YOU BRING TO IT that determines whether you are a nut case or not.


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