Saying he had heard at least one scary story from clients about what they had witnessed, a youth counsellor is appealing to Barbadian school children to stay away from the Charlie Charlie challenge craze sweeping the world.
Roger Husbands, the Director of Drug Education and Counselling Services (DECS), spoke to Barbados TODAY a day after pastors were summoned to a number of schools to pray for students following reports of strange and disturbing behaviour among those who had played the game.
“One guy came in and he was really shaken up. He was to the point where he could not function in the lesson,” Husbands said in an interview today.
“I am warning the young people of Barbados to not get involved with these spiritual things, especially when you don’t know what you are doing.”
Husbands said from the time the allegedly demonic game appeared on the local scene, his organization became aware of its presence through young people who came for professional services. He said one client reported witnessing a table floating in the air, splitting in half and the door slamming when his classmates played the game.
“This Charlie individual is a demon and I believe that it is one which is sent forth before a bigger one comes,” Husbands said.
“I honestly think a bigger one is on its way, it just got to get down to the States and if the young people don’t learn from this one, we are going to see bigger problems than we have seen with this last one.”
The game, which is taking over social media site 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.
Husbands said the way to deal with these issues, in his opinion, was not only attacking it from a religious perspective, but also a spiritual standpoint. He called on the Ministry of Education to introduce more spiritual-based lessons in the schools.
“We can’t just stay in the church and say things like these are taking place, but we have to get into those schools. I honestly believe we need a very spiritual course being taught in our schools because it is important. We have to teach our young people to make the right decisions and be empowered,” the outspoken youth activist argued.