School Spirits

Common Sense Media says

Spooky ghost sightings are entertainingly dramatic.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series promotes the idea that paranormal activity is real and that ghosts and other spirits are real.

Positive role models

Some spirits are described as being helpful or protective. Others are defined as troubled and/or evil.

Violence

Paranormal sightings include images of people being burned alive and other frightening images. Physical reactions to paranormal activity include being pushed, screaming, and people getting violent with each other. Contains images of bloody wounds. Occasionally during reenactments guns are drawn. Suicide is discussed.

Sex

One episode shows someone naked in a nonsexual setting (no private parts are shown).

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that School Spirits features first-hand accounts of paranormal activity at academic institutions, and dramatic reenactments designed to increase the show's spooky entertainment value. Occasionally bloody wounds are visible. It also contains some creepy imagery that sensitive viewers may find frightening.

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What's the story?

SCHOOL SPIRITS is a reality series that explores paranormal stories of hauntings at academic institutions around the United States. The series uses first-person accounts of students, faculty, and alumni to detail the various spooky sightings in buildings at educational institutions like the University of Michigan, Sweet Briar College in Virginia, and Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Reenactments of events add to the drama. From haunted dorms to possessed sorority houses, each episode details the various paranormal encounters people have experienced within the walls of their school. When possible, actual recordings and images documenting these events are shown. With the help of experts, historical information pertaining to some of the buildings in which the unexplainable events take place are offered.

Is it any good?

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The series successfully blends personal interviews with theatrical dramatizations to create some entertainingly creepy moments. But it also reveals some surprising introspection from those describing the experiences from their school days, especially when they share the emotional and spiritual impact their experiences continue to have on them today.

While some of the recreated images -- many of which are a result of special effects -- are a little over-the-top, folks who like this sort of thing will most likely enjoy the tension-filled stories being told here. But those who are more sensitive will probably find what is being discussed here a little disturbing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the various ways the media approaches the subject of paranormal activity. Are these shows designed to entertain viewers? Or to convince viewers that ghosts are real?

  • Do you believe in ghosts or spirits? Why or why not? Did you know that some  universities and other institutions promote ghostly legends as part of their folklore and/or tradition? What is the appeal?

TV details

Network:Syfy
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written byphotographer June 20, 2012
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COMPLETE GARBAGE!!!

This show is a joke!!! Noboby that had "experiences" like they said they did would stay there for a second longer. Its garbage and everybody associated with this show is a complete fraud. In the first episode "sorority house terror" after several girls experience different things they decide to throw a Halloween haunted house party for kids on the area. ARE YOU SERIOUS!!! If this is true, why would they let kids come into the house where strange scary things have happened? Why would anybody stay in the house at all after having any scary things happen. Once again the show is a joke, it's a fake, and don't let the people who make this garbage(acting like it's true) make money off of it.
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