Following last week’s uproar over the Charlie Charlie Challenge, one local principal is reporting that the controversy has abated at her rural primary school.
The educator, who did not want to be identified by name, said she was only made aware of the perceived “demonic” game last Thursday by some of her students.
But while priests were called in to pray for children of at least three other Government-run schools in response to “unusual student behaviour”, the principal told Barbados TODAY: “We didn’t have any movement of bags or slamming of doors, the children were just spooked [out] by the mention of Charlie.”
However, the school official said she felt compelled to discuss the controversial game with her students at assembly the following morning.
“Who is Charlie? Is he only set up to be the winner?” were the questions the principal threw out to the general student body last Friday. She also sought to warn the students that the “Charlie Charlie Challenge doesn’t carry any attributes of a game”.Therefore, “it isn’t anything for them to play”.
“A game must have two players, rules and a way you can win or lose,” she explained, adding that since then, there has been hardly any mention of the Charlie Charlie Challenge at her school and the controversy had either “died down or almost gone away”.
However, with the Ministry of Education said to be investigating the matter, one religious youth leader said the situation was a clear call for the Church to step in to educate and help people recognize “there is wickedness out there and that people are practising demonic activities everyday”.
President of the Youth Ministries at the New Life Tabernacle Kevin Price told Barbados TODAY he firmly believes the Charlie Charlie phenomenon was linked to demonic activity and he warned it could have dangerous consequences.
“If you place yourself in a position to be exposed to the elements of the devil, such as demonic activities or things not of God you would make yourself susceptible to things of the devil,” Price explained, adding that people must carefully choose their entertainment.
“Every sign and symbol has a meaning,” Price further cautioned, pointing out that even though the two pencils used in the controversial game were positioned in the shape of a cross, “it is still demonic”.
With the game currently being played in schools, as well as home, the youth leader reported that many families were coming forward for prayer.
“Both saved and unsaved are coming forward saying, ‘pray for me, pray for my family’. The church has a lot more to do,” he added. (RT)