Teacher Arrested for Burning, Cutting Ritual

Reprinted from NBC Miami

A St. Petersburg teacher was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly told a group of former students they had to cut and burn themselves to rid their bodies of demons, officials said.

Danielle Harkins, 35, a teacher at Lealman and Asian Neighborhood Family Center, faces charges of aggravated child abuse and child abuse, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that at least two teens were injured after Harkins met with a group of seven at the pier, instructing them to cut their skin to release the evil spirits and burn their wounds to keep the spirits away.

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