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The Little Girl At The School House


This account takes place in my hometown on the Tennessee/Kentucky border in February of 1991. I was a Junior in high school, and had a part-time job cleaning a small private elementary school and the adjacent gym on the weekends. The school building itself was a converted two story farmhouse, and the gym was a large metal building. The schoolyard has several large oak trees, one of them well over 100 years old.

One very cold Sunday night, at around 9:30,I,my girlfriend at the time, her sister and step sister, were riding around looking for something to do, and we decided to stop by the gym I just mentioned and play some basketball, just basically shoot around. As we pulled up to the gym, no other cars were there, and the only light was coming from a street light in the school yard. The gym sits on a built-up area and just downhill from it was a group of oak trees, one of which had an old fashioned rope and plank swing hanging from a branch.

As we made our way to the door I was fishing for my keys and I happened to glance in the direction of that swing. I did a double take when I realized there was a girl who looked to be around 8-10 sitting on the swing. She had on a long light colored dress, had long dark hair, but I couldn't make out her face because she was back-lit by the street light."That door is open already"she said to us.Thanks,I said, and we went on in. I assumed that even though there was no car outside, she must be there with someone who had already gone in the gym.

We found the place totally dark and unoccupied, and after a few minutes got bored with basketball and decided to leave. As we were walking to the car, I glanced down toward the swing, more curious this time and she was still there just as she had been a short while ago. We made it out to the end of the long driveway before I decided to go back and ask her if she was lost. As we made our way back over to the school, we could all plainly see her as she was now running around and seemingly playing in the light of the street lamp. As we closed to within maybe 100 feet of her, she simply wasn't there anymore, and neither were 4 freaked out teenagers who booked it out of there as fast as a 1985 Chevy Celebrity station wagon would take us!

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matrix899 (1 stories) (55 posts)
4 days ago (2020-07-31)
Thank you for posting this story, I find the details to be very interesting, she remained visible for a long time it seems, and she spoke to you; and you could all see her... Until she disappeared. This seems to be an unusual combination of details.

The details leave you scratching your head; I guess some ghosts can seem very much like the living.

Approximately how far away was she from you when she spoke?

Thanks again for posting.
rickthomas (1 stories) (2 posts)
5 days ago (2020-07-30)
The rope swing was put there during the time I attended grades 1-8 there.That's one thing I forgot to mention. This swing sat almost 4 feet off the ground, and this was a very young girl we saw. I would have been hard pressed to get up in that swing!
rickthomas (1 stories) (2 posts)
5 days ago (2020-07-30)
The school house itself was a farmhouse to begin with and it was built around 1900 or so. There was a family named Adkins who lived in the house and had relatives living all through the nearby hollow. There was a website dealing with hauntings around my hometown of Jellico several years ago and I read an account on it about a little girl named Elizabeth Adkins who lived in the hollow I mentioned and died around the age of 9.She was reported to be seen around that area. Whether that was her I saw or not, I don't know, but the description given on that website matched what we saw. I know several people who absolutely refuse to be in that gym alone because of strange noises and feeling like someone is standing near them when no one is there.
robmkivseries70 (1 stories) (18 posts)
5 days ago (2020-07-30)
Neat story, I'd be interested in any history of the rope swing and if it was connected, property wise, to an older, near by school property.
lady-glow (12 stories) (2668 posts)
5 days ago (2020-07-30)
It seems like someone had a set of ghostly keys to open the gym.

Hello rickthomas.

Welcome to YGS.
Do you know the history of the building before it was turned into a school?
Perhaps an inhabitant from a bygone era is still lingering around the place that used to be their home.

It doesn't seem like the girl meant to harm you and your friends, but I imagine how creepy it must have been to see her vanish before your eyes.

Do you know if anyone else has reported seeing her wandering on the school grounds?

Thanks for sharing this interesting experience.

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