Saudia Arabia: ‘Jinns’ cause mass absence at school

A total of 181 elementary and middle school students of Al-Shalail Village girls’ school in southern Madinah refused to attend classes on Wednesday and Thursday after nine students claimed jinns had made them sick.

The Department of Education in the region had sent a team to investigate the claims, according to a report in a local publication.

Sources said the students had fainted and experienced spasms at the start of the second semester, prompting many parents to believe jinns were present at the school.

With many not attending classes, teachers have not been able to issue grades or get examinations under way. The school was also not safe for teaching, sources claimed.

The education department in the region has been working with the school administration to find ways for students to write their examinations.