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06-14-2012, 05:08 PM #1
Literacy teacher told students to cut each other in bizarre cleansing ritual: LE
Also allegedly attempted to cauterize wounds with ligher; when that failed, poured perfume on one student and set him ablaze.
Teacher, 35, told students to 'cut themselves to rid
their bodies of demons and then burn the open wounds' (Daily Mail)
A literacy teacher at a community center in St. Petersburg, Florida, is accused of encouraging her students to cut each other in a bizarre cleansing ritual.
Police say Danielle Harkins, 35, told half a dozen teens that they had demons inside them and the only way to get them out was to slice open their skin and then burn the wounds.
She was charged with child abuse and held in jail on $55,000, but police say the seven teenagers are still loyal to Harkins and they fear the teacher may have done much worse.
Harkins was suspended without pay from her position at the family center.
'We had no suspicion of any of this. It's bizarre.' Carolyn Chance, the center's administrator, said.
Lisa Cope, Harkins' next-door neighbor, said the teacher had recently taken an interest in extreme religious beliefs. 'She told me I was okay,' Ms Cope said to The Tampa Bay Times.
'She said I didn't have any demons.'
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06-14-2012, 06:40 PM #2
What a bizarre story.
I'm wondering if she is suffering from some form of mental illness. The article above states that she just recently went through a divorce.Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don't say it mean.
We are all just trying to make sense of an unimaginable crime.
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06-14-2012, 06:48 PM #3
Yes, to me, "extreme religious beliefs" and "mental illness" are synonymous phrases.
06-16-2012, 07:17 AM #4
That is not religion. It sounds sadistic and someone taking advantage of their position while possibly doing drugs. Wonder if there is history of real mental illness. I hope her ex got custody of the kids.
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