User Story: The 200 Building
Last year, towards the end of my school year, my band teacher decided to show the class her Ghost Radar app. We got into it, and started to try and use it in the classroom. However, there were no “real” readings, instead it was all just random words.
All of a sudden, one of the kids brought up the 200 buildings. It’s these classrooms that were abandoned after our school had construction workers build new classrooms. The school kids for many generations had often thought it was haunted, probably by its eerie design and locked entrance.
So, many of the kids started going on about how they wished they could use the ghost radar in the building, going from classroom to classroom while researching with the radar itself. Then along comes a man through the classroom’s back door, and it turns out to be one of the janitors. Everyone knows him, so he’s very friendly to all of us.
Jackson, which I’ll refer to him as, asked what we were doing. My teacher had explained that we were talking about the Ghost Radar app, and suddenly it came to us. We asked Jackson if he could let us in the 200 building, and so he said yes. It WS sort of like a class field trip, but still on school grounds. He comforted many of the students who were nervous by saying that he went in there the other day.
Upon entering the building, we see a dark, long hall with classrooms being the only things that let in light. They have no doors, which adds to the creepiness, and in each room, there’s a pile of discarded text books, clothing, and trash. Down the hallway, there’s an abandoned cart with a motionless wire hanging from the top and a cloth beside it.
The class explores for a bit, then we come into one room. It has a lot of trash in a pile, sharp glass scattered around the floor, torn up wallpaper, and graphittied posters. My teacher holds her iPod up and asks if there’s anyone in there. A few minutes later, the radar reads out the words in this exact order, following each other continuously:
It’s very creepy, but most of us manage to hold it together. I think that the “spirit” had asked for help because in the summertime, the 200 building and computer labs would be destroyed for construction. I felt bad for it, but we kept on going for about 15 more minutes.
I look towards the end of the hallway and see that the wire was swaying. There was no draft, but it was freezing cold in the building. The cloth had appeared to have been moved while the class was distracted. Luckily for me, we left just in time. I had a feeling that if we stayed any longer, we might end up seeing something.
But hey, it’s just an app, so who knows if it works or not? You decide whether or not you want to think that there was a spirit in the 200 building.
—TheUnknown from A House