A public school teacher in Wisconsin has been placed on leave after using an Ouija board in her kindergarten classroom.
The incident occurred at Zablocki Elementary in Milwaukee last week, although the teacher, who has not been identified, says that the board had been in the room since Halloween.
She had been contacted by a concerned parent who learned that her five-year-old son had been exposed to the activity. The boy told his mother that his teacher turned off the lights, took out the board, and began talking about scary stories.
“The kids have been asking for a scary story and I got the board and moved the paper clip to answer some of their questions. They asked about scary characters in movies,” the teacher responded to the parent via e-mail. “It was all done in fun.”
However, she said that she understood the parent’s concerns.
“I will take the board home and this won’t happen again,” she wrote.
The mother says that her son has been having nightmares since that day. She doesn’t believe kindergartners should be exposed to Ouija boards.