I'm Looking Through You
March 4, 2012 11:02 AM Subscribe
I have been asked to respond to an alleged poltergeist in a school. I have been directed to not be dismissive of it.
posted by Danf to science & nature (43 answers total) 40 users marked this as a favorite
After a hard week dealing with a bunch of other safety and environmental issues, I received this Friday afternoon email, which in part, read as follows:
I know this is going to sound crazy, but how do we go about requesting an evaluation for a number of Poltergeist sightings in [school name redacted]'s kitchen? Both food service staff and the custodian have reported multiple run ins with her over the past few years. Recently, the kitchen coordinator has reported that there has been things propped against the dry storage door blocking it shut, items thrown off shelves, and just today a produce tub was pushed off the serving counter and onto the floor. I know the staff was entertained by it in the beginning, but they are worried that something may get knocked down and become a safety concern.
Any advice or suggests would be helpful.
Also, one of the staff apparently saw a woman, with ringlets in her hair, red lipstick, and sort of a 20's style flapper dress in the cafeteria. When she rounded a corner to go in there, this person/apparition was gone. This school has been there for a long time, and I have never heard of anything like this at this school. (There was an apparent teenage ghost in a high school here, resulting from an early-sixties fatality there.)
In my job, I deal with safety and environmental stuff, including all of the regulatory compliance, but I tend to get called in when people are at a loss to figure out what the hell to do with this or that issue. Oh, and I oversee all of the pest control in my organization :-).
I took this to my immediate boss, and he directed me to use the utmost discretion and sensitivity.
So, tomorrow, I will talk to the people who have actually reported seeing this whatever. If their accounts match the email, then I am unsure what to do next. I have considered putting up a few hidden cameras (I would have to get the buy-off from the union, HR, God and Everybody for that) in order to see if anyone is pranking.
While I also considered sleeping there for a night, my level of being completely creeped out by this conflicts with my general non-belief in most things paranormal. I cannot see any endpoint other than to take down the accounts, and shrug my shoulders.
In my position, what would you do?