More than 50 students and teachers affected by 'mass hysteria' at school in Malaysian city of Kota Baru

Some students said they have been unable to attend classes since their schoolmates were struck by hysteria last Monday.
Some students said they have been unable to attend classes since their schoolmates were struck by hysteria last Monday.PHOTO: THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KOTA BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - An incidence of "mass hysteria" has allegedly broken out at a secondary school in Kota Baru, capital of Malaysia's state of Kelantan, with more than 50 female students and even a few teachers affected by it.

A check at the school on Wednesday (April 13) showed that most of its students were not in their classes and freely mingling with each other on its grounds.

Some said they have been unable to attend classes since their schoolmates were struck by hysteria last Monday.

 
 
 

"It is like this every day, even female teachers were affected by hysteria and we are unable to study," said a Form Three student.

Another Form Five student said he was contemplating not going to school the next day.

"I think it is better to close the school until they find a solution," he said.

Some students have claimed to have seen all sorts of beings in the school, from a pontianak to a pochong.

Teachers and other school staff have declined to comment on the matter.

State Education Department deputy director Jaafar Ismail, when contacted, said the situation was a school internal matter.