It was 1915, and on the outskirts of eastern Austin Texas, the Metz Elementary School was built. Nearly a hundred years later it was slated for demolition, its hallways empty and full of graffiti, but someone or something was intent on standing in the way of the school's destruction.
Metz Elementary opened in 1916. That same year, the school board decided that Spanish-speaking children should attend a separate school. The board felt that the children would learn better if they had lessons in Spanish as well as English. Up until that time, the Mexican-American community in Austin had not formally protested any action taken by the school board, but many people from the neighborhood most affected appeared before the board to disagree with the decision.
The proposed school would be several miles away, making transportation difficult for the children and their parents; there was also a concern that if the Spanish-speaking students were segregated, they would not have the same opportunities as the those who spoke English. While the board never formally backed down from its position, Spanish-speaking students who attended the nearby school, Metz Elementary, were never asked to leave or to attend the other school, and after a period of time, the matter was quietly dropped.
Metz Elementary served the community through the better part of eight decades, but by 1989 the school was considered too small to meet the growing needs of the surrounding neighborhood. The decision was reached to tear down the structure and build a new and bigger school in its place. The crew who arrived to do the work did not anticipate any problems; there appeared to be nothing difficult about demolishing the crumbling structure.
However, in September 1990, they realized from the first day that someone or something wanted to make the job almost impossible.
They would hear the sound of children's laughters, and the sound of bricks tumbling. They have also heard the sound of what is supposed to be a teacher's voice, all the sounds of a class in session behind doors into empty rooms.
They would hear the sound of chalk on a chalkboard. Another time a ladder started to vibrate with no reason to account for it.
Joe Torres, from Torres Trucking and Excavation described where five different pieces of heavy machinery stopped working on the same day. When they were inspected by mechanics nothing wrong could be found with them.
Despite the sound of several children laughing, there is the apparition of a little boy that has been seen in the bathroom and one of the windows that looked over the playground.
Apparently it was not only the school but the entire area which had a reputation for being a hotbed of spiritual activity since it was located on land that had seen violence between the Indians and those trying to settle the area.
Understandably, men begin to quit or just not show up for work, but the construction company refused to give in to supernatural pressure. They continued trying to work even as strange accidents plagued them.
Finally, after a workman was fatally injured in a wall collapse, a clergyman was brought in to bless the building and the area was leveled.
When the new school opened in the fall of 1992, it already had a reputation for being haunted by children who had died there, though in truth none had.
Source - WhatWasThen
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