Just when you thought the worst thing about school was the homework, the Guardian has reported that Students of the Moruga Composite School in Trinidad were hospitalized after being attacked by what school officials believe were demons.

According to eyewitness accounts, panic broke out at the Moruga Composite School when no less than 17 students — all female — allegedly fell mysteriously ill during lunch. The students all claimed to be suffering from nausea and headaches, before they collapsed and began thrashing on the ground, hissing and speaking in what was described as a “strange tongues.”

Two of the students even attempted to take their own lives by hurling themselves off a railing. Luckily the girls were physically restrained before they could complete their grim task. With the assistance of several students and teachers, the pupils were taken to the hall where some of them reportedly fell into a semi-conscious state.

Fellow student, Kern Mollineau, described the bizarre, Devils of Loudun-like scene:

“One girl was blabbering as if in a strange language. I could not understand what she was saying. It was sounding like ‘shebbaberbebeb shhhhee.’ The girls were unusually strong. We had to hold them down so that they will not hurt themselves. The teachers were right there. I got a kick in my face when one of the girls started beating up on the floor. Many of them had bruises.”

Roman Catholic priests, as well as pastors from nearby churches, were swiftly dispatched to the school and began showering the children with holy water and prayers. Mollineau even claimed that he actually communicated with the “devil,” which had allegedly possessed the girl he was holding down:

“I asked the Devil what he wanted with the girls and the voice said he wanted a life. He kept saying to send the girls in the toilet and to leave them alone.”

Eventually proper medical assistance was called for and six ambulances arrived at the school accompanied by police teams. Firemen, led by acting Assistant Divisional Fire Officer Ramdeo Boodoo, visited the school and began conducting tests to determine the cause of the problem. Boodoo said there was nothing in the environment to trigger the symptoms that the girls had exhibited.

A teacher, who requested anonymity, claimed that two weeks ago a woman of the Orisha — a pagan belief system that is related to Santeria — religion came to the school and had a dispute with a member of staff. He said following the dispute, the woman threatened to “deal” with the school administration.

Another teacher said the school was built on a burial site, but neighbors who live around the school denied that was so. A source at the school confirmed that all 17 pupils were taken to the Princes Town Health Facility where they were examined.