It has been quiet on the paranormal news front for a few weeks. Such is inherently caused by media outlets storing any such stories for the run-up to Halloween. Well, with less than 30 days until Halloween, the ‘ghost’ stories are back.
Today, many news agencies, on both sides of the Atlantic, are covering the ‘locker ghost’ of Cork. The below story and link is to the Sun’s coverage:
CCTV cameras at a school have captured a “ghost” slamming doors and rocking lockers at night. The eerie footage was filmed at Deerpark CBS, a school in Cork, Ireland, after motion-activated cameras…
Source: School CCTV captures ‘ghost’ slamming doors and toppling lockers at night… but is all as it seems?
So what can we deduce from the clip?
Firstly, there is a window behind the lockers which are seen to rock backward and forwards. The window could provide an unseen access point through which an individual could apply sufficient force to the lockers.
Secondly, in a school environment, it seem unbelievable that these lockers have been positioned and never locked onto the adjacent units in order to stop them toppling. Such installations occur however and such is therefore in no manner indicative of anyone uncoupling the units to facillitate the rocking.
Thirdly, the locker which is seen to burst open could easily have been rigged to do so. It could easily also have subject to a manifest force which may or may not have a preternatural origin.
Fourthly, the ‘slippery surface’ sign which is kncoked over at the end of the clip could also have been rigged to do so. It also however may have been subjected to a preternatural force.
Now the major issue with the clip:
The statement informs us that the school has had motion sensing cameras installed and that these recorded the activity. I fin d such interesting given that the clip starts prior to the motion of the lockers. Where is the movement which triggered the cameras motion detector? How would a non-manifest entity trigger the motion sensor as these are almost invariably a form of PIR (Passive Infra-Red) sensor and detect body heat. These sensors are the very same type which fail to detect you in a room where you fail to move and so switch the lights off on you. Are we to believe that the cameras PIR sensor is so advanced that it is able to detect non-manifest phenomena? PIR’s work on body temperature, thus whatever triggered it would have had to have had human body temperature. Such is far from the extant theory of spirutal entities absorbing heat form an envrionment in order to accumulate energy. In a cold school, in the midst of night, there is insufficient energy available for any entity to absorb enough to enable it to a full manifest apparition capable of triggering the cameras PIR sensor.
A final clue: the loud noise which is audible at the very start of the video sounds like a door slamming shut. Such suggests that a manifest and physical body had need of passing through a door. The very same person is likely the one who triggered the PIR.
Verdict: unlikely to be any form of preternatural activity here. It seems unlikely that the school itself is enacting a hoax as a publicity stunt as they have no need to. School’s are unlikely to be seeking publicity for tourism or business afterall. I suspect rather that an intruder into the school building is perpetrating a hoax as a Halloween scare.