**A few years back I was a teacher’s aide in a Kindergarten class. The teacher Debbie and I would open up the classroom in late summer to set up for the year. Debbie had been hard at work all morning and I came later in the afternoon. Debbie had just about everything set up but there were a few things she had left to do, and also some of the desks she had in the classroom were bigger than others. There was a classroom not in use on the floor below that had a few of the smaller desks. I told her to go on home and I would take care of sorting things out and switching the desks. She told me to get one of the maintenance men to help me move the desks if I wanted, and she said if she saw one of them on her way out she’d ask them to do it.
After she left I was busy doing other things, I was organizing the toys and separating what Debbie wanted to put in the playroom from those she wanted to keep in the classroom. I was about to walk out of the classroom with some things when the radio in the classroom came on and started playing by itself. I turned it off and then as I was walking down the hall to the playroom I heard the radio in the classroom come back on, I went back and turned it off. I started back to the playroom and the same thing happened, this time I unplugged it. I said to myself if this thing starts playing again now, I’m out of here. But all was quiet. For a while.
I then started on swapping out the desks, I collected the bigger desks from our classroom and set them at the top of the staircase and took them down one by one, I’d swap a big one for a small one and then make the trip back up. I was getting tired of going up and down the stairs, so I decided to go back and finish straightening out the playroom and then I would go back to trekking desks up the stairs again. I was rearranging the closet when I heard a noise behind me, I turned to see what it was, nothing was there. I turned back to my task, again I heard a noise and turned, and a ball came bouncing across the room towards me. I figured it must have rolled off one of the tables, I placed it in a toy bin, and I went back to my organizing. Then I heard noise coming from the floor below. It sounded like furniture being moved around. I figured it must be one of the maintenance men, I thought maybe they were getting the desks for me, I called down to make sure they knew to bring up only the small desks, but there was no answer. I then looked out the playroom window and saw that all the maintenance men were out doing lawn work. It could not be a maintenance man downstairs in the classroom below. I was thinking (hoping!) maybe the noise was one of the other teachers in another classroom below, so I called down again, but I got no answer. I got more than a little nervous, and I started to feel very uncomfortable about being in a big building all alone. I decided I would just finish with the desks and then lock up our room and the playroom and go home. I went back to the classroom downstairs, made sure no one else was in there, retrieved another small desk and was on my way out when I noticed that written on the blackboard was the word REDRUM, with the M trailing off the board (if you haven’t seen the movie The Shining [or read the book by Stephen King] you will not understand my terror, if you have seen the movie and/or read the book you will readily agree that my fear was not at all irrational. For those of you who haven’t yet read the book or seen the movie, I don’t want to spoil the ending for you but maybe you’ve already figured it out). Well, I dropped that desk, I shot back upstairs, grabbed my things, I did not even bother to lock up doors, or draw the shades, or close the windows! I flew down four staircases and out the front door, with my heart pounding out of my chest! I refused to stay alone in that school for a long, long time after that. Now I can look back and laugh, and I have convinced myself that I let my imagination run away with me, but when it was happening to me I was completely panic-stricken!
I've had a few other experiences that left me just as frightened, some of them felt downright evil, but I'll leave those stories for another day.
Have any of you ever experienced anything like 'noises that go bump in the night'?
Did any of you ever have any eerie events?
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