The right way to teach students about demons: Tell them they don’t exist.
The wrong way to teach students about demons: Have them cut themselves to release the demons from their bodies.
That’s what Danielle Harkins did to kids she tutored at the Lealman Asian Neighborhood Family Center in Florida.
Detectives said that two students were injured during the ritual, in which Harkins allegedly instructed the teens to cut each other.
‘They would follow that up with some sort of cauterization of the wound to keep the evil spirits from getting back in to the body,’ Mr Puetz said.
Teens told investigators that Harkins used a lighter to cauterize the cuts, but the wind blew it out. She then poured some sort of perfume on a student and lit him on fire, causing second degree burns, in an attempt to ‘brand’ him.
Another teen was cut on the neck with a broken bottle piece, police said, and then Harkins heated up a small key to close the wound.
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.’
That’s religious brainwashing at its worst: When it causes you to inflict harm on other people.
The article never says what her “extreme religious beliefs” are… but a delusion’s a delusion all the same.
(Thanks to Joe for the link)