A while ago (end June 2010), there was a well-known hysteria case in SMK Dato Permaisuri, it was quite big news in Miri. That time Taz knew a friend whose sister was working as a teacher there.
The teacher said it was indeed a very scary happening because there was mass hysteria with school children screaming and crying uncontrollably, but according to her, there were 3 happenings that were the most scary.
The first was when a student was seen walking up a big old tree in front of the school compound "not climbing and not only walking like crawling but walking upright on the tree trunk!"
The school canteen staff had kept many trays of raw eggs in the canteen for their daily use but said that all their raw eggs stock gave out a very bad smell and had "suddenly turned rotten and busuk for no reason during the hysteria."
The third story was when the girls that were "under hysteria" were in the school surau and were being helped by the teachers, but many of the teachers also didn't know what to do.
And one girl was like shouting and crying but when the religious teacher prayed for her she stopped and "went to sleep" calmly, so the religious teacher went to see another student "under hysteria". But when the religious teacher went away, the girl opened her eyes again!
According to Taz, "But her eyes were all black no white at all like the alien movies!"
This is an excerpt from a Borneo Post article:
"They wept, screamed, struggled and fainted inside and outside their classrooms.
It was a chaotic scene and a hair-raising experience for many of the students, especially those who have never witnessed such an incidence before.
The victims who are mostly Form 3, 4, and 5 students cried and screamed (seemingly in great pain).
Some fainted inside their classrooms, outside the school compound, and under the sheds.
It is believed to be the first mass hysteria in the state this year.
It is also worth noting that it happened just when the PMR trial examinations started yesterday.
“This is where it started first,” a student (who declined to be identified) later pointed out to The Borneo Post.
He was referring to a Form 3 student who suddenly cried and started screaming inside the classroom.
By 12.30pm the situation was still not under control as some students sitting in the shed on their way back to school also became hysterical.
The teachers tried their best to handle the situation but in truth most of them seemed confused.
For want of better solutions to the problem, some of the victims were carried to the school surau.
A shocked father who was informed by a teacher that his daughter was hysterical said he immediately rushed to the school. He took her home to be treated by an ‘ustaz’
Hundreds of students coming for the afternoon session were shocked upon seeing the mass hysteria. They were soon told to go home for fear that they too might become hysterical."