New case of 'mass demonic possession' reported in Colombia affecting schoolgirls playing 'Charlie, Charlie'

A scene from the 2010 movie 'The Last Exorcism.'(StudioCanal)

It happened again—this time in Colombia.

Twenty-two schoolgirls, aged between 12 and 15, "suffered mass demonic possession" on Saturday after playing a game of "Charlie Charlie," the Mirror reports.

The video accompanying the report shows the girls screaming, writhing and hallucinating, with some even foaming at the mouth.

One girl claimed that she saw a "man dressed in black," the same image seen by some of the schoolchildren who also suffered from what local authorities described as "mass demonic possession" in Peru in May this year.

In the Peru incident, as reported by The Daily Mail, up to 80 schoolchildren at Elsa Perea Flores School suffered from seizures.

In the latest incident in Colombia, video footage taken at a hospital shows children being held down while having seizures on the floor.

Reports from the Caracol news agency say the girls were playing a game of "Charlie Charlie" when suddenly they began acting strangely, some of them having seizures and fainting.

The children were all taken to the health centre by their teachers. Medical tests were conducted to check for disease or intoxication or use of hallucinogenic substances. But the experts failed to uncover any consistent health problems and, after a while, the girls' vital signs returned to normal, the reports say.

The latest report appears to further bolster a contention made by world renowned psychiatrist Dr. Richard Gallagher who said in a recent Washington Post article that demonic possession is real and that cases of this phenomenon are on the rise.

Gallagher, a professor of clinical psychiatry at New York Medical College, said unlike most of his colleagues in the scientific field, he believes in the existence of a spiritual world with a "very dark side that goes beyond our physical world."

Meanwhile, the dangers of playing the increasingly popular "Charlie, Charlie" game was first raised last year by a Vatican-approved exorcist, the Catholic News Agency reported.

Spanish priest Jose Antonio Fortea said the so-called Charlie Charlie Challenge, a game played on a simplified version of the Ouija board, poses a real danger as it involves the summoning of spirits.

The game uses two pens and a paper to create an improvised version of the Ouija board. A grid is drawn on paper to make four panels, two of which are labelled "yes" and the other two "no." The pens are then put on top of another, positioned like a cross.

The players invoke a demon by calling out "Charlie, Charlie can we play" or "Charlie, Charlie are you here?" Then they wait for the pen to move as they film the game for online posting.