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These Kids See Dead People

996252While on vacation a few weeks ago, my four-year-old woke me up in the middle of the night.

“I can’t sleep.  There’s a blue ghost talking to me.”

And the next night:

“The blue ghost is moving on all the walls.”

Is there anything creepier than kids talking about ghosts?  Maybe I’ve seen one too many horror movies, but her late night news reports were enough to give me chills that drove any chance of sleep away.

Chances are my daughter was simply waking up in a strange room and feeling uncomfortable.  But there are kids out there that seem to have a more regular relationship with things the rest of us can’t see.  Take these two boys featured on 20/20.

Anthony and Pablo both say that they can see and talk to spirits.  Anthony says that the people he sees are often have injuries, but mostly look like a “plain old person.”  Pablo, on the other hand, tends to see things that are far more fierce and terrible — disfigured monsters that scream at him from his closet, for instance.

Both sets of parents were skeptical until the boys “proved” their psychic ability by reporting things about deceased family members that they couldn’t possibly know.  Anthony’s parents enrolled him into a camp for kids with psychic abilities, while Pablo is getting care from a counselor who also happens to have an interest in paranormal events.

I’m a natural born skeptic, which makes me wonder — especially in Pablo’s case — if this is more of a mental health issue than one that’s based in the paranormal.  Pablo’s parents say that medication didn’t help him, but once his counselor told him he could talk back to the ghosts and tell them to go away, he improved radically.  Is it possible that he gained control over his own illness?  Or could he really be talking back to ghosts?

What’s your opinion?  And if your kid has ever said something that really creeped you out, share it with us in comments!

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