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Child Ghost Stories: Black-Eyed Kids                                                                     - LC
Recently, there has been a quite a bit of discussion about black-eyed kids. I had the
opportunity to listen into a
Darkness on the Edge of Town radio broadcast featuring
demonologists, John Zaffis and Andrew Calder, discussing their thoughts concerning this
phenomenon. A few articles and stories about black-eyed kids also came across my desk
and caught my eye. According to those who are talking about strange encounters with odd
children or teenagers who have darkened eyes, reports have been escalating in the United
States over the past decade or so. That's not to say that stories of black-eyed kids didn't exist
before this but now frightening reports are beginning to become more commonplace. I
wanted to take a closer look at these apparently scary children (I wish I could do so in
person!) to offer some conjecture as to what may be taking place.

Black-Eyed kids. What do they look like?
Let's first look at the descriptions of black-eyed kids. They are often described as teen-aged,
gaunt, pale, and having eyeballs that are jet black, most often with no whites in their eyes at
all. You might think of them as being a little “grungy” in appearance. Black-eyed kids have
been seen in groups, maybe playing with other kids, then disappearing as quickly as they
arrived; or these mysterious children may be alone, head down, and well, sort of creepy.
Some eye-witnesses (no pun intended) have also noticed a foul odor accompanying these
mysterious youths.
Black-Eyed Kids: What's the Big Deal?
These kids look a bit out of sorts. "So what," you say. What makes black-eyed kids of major interest in the paranormal genre is that many of them seem to want something from those who see them. It may be a drink of water, a ride home, use of a bathroom or entrance into a home. Black-eyed kids are said to ask permission, looking for an invitation...
to what remains only
speculation at this point. Most black-eyed kids never make it beyond their request due to the sudden fear that rises inside the people who have seen and heard them talk. Seeming very catatonic, these children or teens are persistent in their request that just doesn't seem right. People who have encountered black-eyed children state that had they acquiesced to their requests, none of their lives would likely have ever been the same. Fear consumed them to the point of shutting doors or even running away for safety's sake.
Black-Eyed Kid: The Grudge
Black-Eyed Kids: The Demonologists Weigh in.
Andrew Calder and John Zaffis expressed the idea on radio that seeking permission from
another is the hallmark of demonic activity. In other words, these black-eyed kids must either
be demons masquerading as children or real kids possessed by
demons. They also
mentioned that some black-eyed kids are seen with deformities which can be the sign of the
demonic, something inhuman, altering its appearance in order to fool the unwise. Other ideas
mentioned included the possibility of alien visitors appearing in human form – the eyes being
similar to descriptions found within alien abduction cases. See:
Demons - Thoughts

Black-Eyed Kids: My Thoughts.
I must admit that encountering youth with sunken, dark eyes and asking for something of me
could be quite frightening. However, I would like to look at this a bit differently and not from a
place of fear.

First of all, with all the
ghost movies that our culture produces, I know I have seen kids with
black eyes before on the silver screen. Have Hollywood films such as
The Grudge and The
given us frightening images of children that haven't left the psyche of people within our
society? I do not know, but I have to ask that question first. Secondly, is it possible that kids
today still pull pranks? Certainly, but out of respect for those who know what they saw was
real, let's move to some other possibly paranormal explanations for black-eyed kids.

Could black-eyed kids simply be ghosts of our country's youth? All we have to do is look back
to tragedies such as Columbine to know that a teenage mind-set capable of nefarious
behavior is possible. Recently, near where I live, a ten year old child shot and killed his
mother. What might the ghosts of such kids behave like? What might they look like? Is it
possible that perhaps their inner condition could manifest just as frightening an appearance?
Could a person's countenance be the actual product of a corrupted mental condition?

Let's say that black-eyed kids are just that: kids with black eyes. Looking at Calder's and
Zaffis' idea of possession, instead of demons, what if the child or teen had a ghost
attachment strong enough to influence behavior, even alter their appearance. You might think
of this as being “
ghost possession.” Interestingly, the idea of being influenced or possessed
by ghosts goes back thousands of years to Old Testament times (think mystical
Judaism and
), but that's another story.

Until we have someone brave enough to confront a black-eyed kid in order to determine what
is taking place, these spooky youngsters shall likely remain a mystery.

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