An alleged attempt at an “exorcism” at a children’s Bible camp in Canada is under investigation after a boy attending the camp was found injured.
According to the Washington Times, the reported incident happened near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on July 13, at the Redberry Bible Camp. Officials who reviewed the complaint indicated that a male staff member has been accused of performing “an exorcism” on a boy inside a cabin as other children at the camp watched.
Two witnesses told police that they saw the victim bleeding from his nose and twitching after the incident. The staff member then allegedly told the children that the demon had been released from the victim.
According to a report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the staffer also told the children that he knew how to get rid of demons, then handed them his business card and told them to keep in touch with him for the remainder of their lives.
“Parents would reasonably expect that in sending their child to camp, they would be in a safe environment, and treated in a way that does not threaten their physical or emotional health and well-being,” University of Regina social work professor Lise Milne told CBC.
Redberry Bible Camp board chair Wayne Dick told CBC that they are investigating the matter and the staffer accused is no longer at the camp.
“I will tell you that we are investigating the situation…I’m not prepared to discuss it at this point,” Dick said. “I can assure you [the worker] is not at the camp.”
An investigation is underway by @RCMPSK into two reports of an incident involving a staff member of the Redberry Bible Camp and a pre-teen boy the evening of July 13, 2022. Includes an exorcism.
Anyone with more info call 310-RCMP. #skpoli #Saskatchewan https://t.co/1UsgjquSel
— Jeff Walters (@JeffWaltersSask) August 28, 2022
A government official told CBC that many of the children at the camp became scared after the incident and contacted their parents. The parents picked up their children the same night and contacted officials the next morning.
Further, social media posts reportedly made by the staffer stated, “Pornography was my first drug, and from nine years old, little did I know I’d be hooked for 12 years.”
“My family was scared of me, I had ‘friends’ that were scared of me and I had victims at school that were scared of me, I felt like I had turned into a monster, someone I at times could not recognize,” the post continued.
The staffer reportedly added that after “regularly abusing my girlfriend at the time with venomous words of death,” he joined a six-month “discipleship training school” in Mexico.
The story is developing. Check back for updates.
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