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  24x Park St Athol Mass. Definitely paranormal activity.
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I do not know what to believe anymore when it comes to ghost sightings or not. I had something happen to me years ago down here in MA. It freaked me out, and the only person I told was my husband who like myself was a huge skeptic of all of this stuff. Years back in the mid 1990s I was walking at a high school down here trying to get back in shape. I would walk the track that is located just up from a pond by about 160 feet. During the summer months there was summer school at this high school, so some of the younger kids had recess time, and they were playing on a field closer to the school baseball game. Teachers were around the area. I was alone on the track walking fast with my headphone on listening to morning conservative talk radio out of Boston. I feel so weird even telling this story. I feel like I sound nuts.

I saw this very young boy, closer to a four-year-old all of a sudden walking along the chain linked fence that separated the school field and area from where the land drops down to the beach below and the pond. However, all of the chained link area is huge bush growth, extremely high and thick. This little boy was blonde and had on shorts, and a little short sleeved shirt that was stripped. I knew he was too young to go down the stairs near the pond. I was on the other side of the track, and began to yell to him ''hey! Don't go down there. Listen to me.'' I was screaming at him. He never looked at me once, ever! He proceeded to walk down the cement stairs onto the beach area. I was in full blown running. I was now going to be right on his heals. I ran down those stairs so fast, looked to the right and left, and straight across to the water, like maybe he went into the water. He could have been drowning. I then looked along the bushes. They are so thick; you cannot get into them. He disappeared! I thought I lost my mind when I saw him as clear as day, and then he was gone in a second after hitting the first couple of stairs.
I am a runner from the 80s. I did not lose this kid. He disappeared! I was so freaked out by this experience. I never went back. When my nephew got older, I told him about this. He is a very smart guy, and he did not know what to make of this either. We come from a family of skeptics. He knows I am not nuts! I would never make anything like this up. I brought my nephew to Ireland for his high school graduation gift, and then for his college gift. The second time over, we got a chance to get into the most haunted castle in Ireland called Leap Castle in County Offaly. You cannot just make a reservation. You can only call when you are over there and hope that particular day the owner will let you in. His name is Sean Ryan, which just happens to be one of our Irish family names of Ireland. After our tour in the castle we sat down with Sean and only one other couple from the U. S. and had a great long talk about the hauntings in this castle.

This was the only time I opened up in front of strangers about what happened at that track at that high school in the summer of 1997 in MA. I told Sean Ryan exactly what I just told you, and he said to me ''did this little boy ever look at you?'' I said NO. He said ''you saw a ghost of a child that does this all the time, but will only appear to certain people. '' I asked him ''why me?'' He said ''because they know who to appear to... Who will care. '' I have been so bothered about this that I went to the Fire Department near this high school, and asked one of the firemen working that day if he knew of any boy that had ever drowned in that pond behind the high school in the past 80 years. He did not know. I do not know who to ask. I think this child drowned in that pond. This is what he did before he died.

When I got home that day from the track I described his little shirt like a shirt boys would have worn back in the 30s or 40s. I am very artistic and creative, so I remember detail! I would say he was three and half to four years old. I can still see it in my head today. Like I said, I would not go back! I am very practical, and this did not make any sense, when I ran down those stairs, and could not find him. I then ran back up the stairs and went to my Jeep. I drove home to tell my husband what had just happened. I do not have any photos, just my story of what happened to me that day back in 1997.
Submitted by Suzan


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