The parents of a boy who cast a
spell - which apparently worked - on his little brother,
have called for witchcraft to be banned in all NSW schools.
The Gosford family, which has asked not to be identified,
claims that a class exercise teaching grade four students
about witches went horribly wrong when their three-year-old
son became seriously ill after the incantation.
The parents claim the incident left their family psychologically
traumatised and their nine-year-old son, who cast the
spell, feeling guilty and under stress.
The incident happened last September when the nine-year-old
was asked to compose a spell as part of a lesson on witches.
The boy, whose parents are staunch Christians, wrote:
"This is a spell for Jack, my baby brother. At the end
of the spell Jack will forget how to walk.
"Ingredients: two pieces of dog poo, 10 toes, 5 ears,
2 legs, Ben's head, 1 bucket of toilet (sic) water, 10
toe nails, 8 pig stumicks (sic), 5 cow brains."
Two months later his younger brother fell ill with a
disease, which the partents don't want disclosed and which
would ultimately affect his ability to walk. In December
he was also diagnosed with autism.
While the three-year-old recovered from the first illness,
his parents want witchcraft banned from NSW schools.
Daniel Dasey, Sun-Herald, 27/4/1997