A teacher of seven former students has been arrested after it was found out she had gathered the kids and injured them during some sort of bizarre ritual. Two of the children suffered burns and/or cuts at the hands of Danielle Harkins, a teacher that each of the seven kids had at some point had at an area community center for Asian families.
One of the boys was burned during the ritual to “rid their bodies of demons” when Harkins poured perfume on his hand and then lit it on fire. Another had a cut on his neck from a broken bottle, which was cauterized with a key Harkins heated with a lighter. None of the children will reveal many of the details of the event, held around a small fire at St. Petersberg Pier. In fact, none of the teens told their parents, and it was only when one teen texted details about it to another teen (who was not there). That teen showed the text to their parents, who then reported it to authorities. Even now, no one really knows why the teens gathered with their former teacher, or why they stuck around long enough for her to injure any of them.
Harkins has been arrested on child abuse charges, and friend say that she has recently gone through a nasty divorce and had taken up some extreme religious beliefs.