By: Alli Gay ’15
(The Dent Schoolhouse today. Photo courtesy: Frightsite)
In 1894, the Dent Public School was opened to all kids in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. In 1942, several students mysteriously vanished. They were last seen at school.
The Dent police began an investigation and came to the conclusion that they must be runaways. In 1945, four students went missing in October. The police had no idea what was happening to the kids.
In 1952, when three more students disappeared, students began to complain about a strange smell that was coming from the basement. When Charlie McFree, the head of janitorial services, was asked about the smell,l he said it was the pipes clogging up. After a couple weeks, the smell was gone.
In October of 1955, more than seven students vanished with out a trace. The kids again complained about a smell that was coming from the basement and was actually causing some children to pass out. Community members of Dent rallied together and stormed up to the Dent Public School. The angry mob bust down the doors of the school house and proceeded to go into the basement of the school. The local rioters were shocked at the grizzly sight.
The basement was covered with the decaying remains of the missing students. Bodies had been sealed in barrels, wedged behind the brick walls of the basement, and left in sanitary tubs. A search for the Janitor went over two weeks, but he was never found. The school was closed shortly after the discovery.
The old school house is now said to be haunted with the roaming spirits of the children who were murdered. Rumors are that the Janitor came back several years after the school was closed. His body was never found, but his spirit is still said to clean the old building. The current owner of the Dent School House since 2005, Bud Stross, has received more than 50 reports from staff about real paranormal experiences they have had at the Dent Schoolhouse.
(The Dent Schoolhouse when it was still a school. Photo courtesy: Frightsite)
(Some students gathered in front of the Schoolhouse. Photo courtesy: Frightsite)
(A real reward add for Charlie McFree from the Dent newspaper. Photo courtesy: Frightsite)