(UPI) — A Wisconsin mom is calling for her son’s kindergarten teacher to be fired, alleging she was “talking to spirits” in class using a Ouija board.

The Milwaukee mother, who did not want to be named, said her son’s teacher at Zablocki Elementary used the Ouija board during class Friday.

“They were shutting off the lights and making it dark and talking to spirits. That’s not something that should be at school,” the mother told WISN-TV.

Ouija boards, which are printed with the letters of the alphabet and feature a pointer for users to place their hands on, supposedly allow users to communicate with the dead, or with other spirits. The board’s effectiveness was “proven” to the U.S. Patent Office when a manufacturer sought a patent in the 19th century.

The mother said her son has been having nightmares since the incident.

“He’s scared now to go to bed at night, to be in the dark, anything alone,” she said.

The teacher said the Ouija board has been in her classroom since October, but she only used it as a prop Friday to tell the class a scary story.

“The kids have been asking for a scary story and I got the board and moved the paper clip to answer some of their questions,” the teacher said in an email to the mother. “They asked about scary characters in movies. I did not say there were spirits. It was all done in fun. I understand your concern. It was silly and I’m sorry. I will take the board home and this won’t happen again.”

Milwaukee Public Schools said the teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

“I’m happy that she’s being investigated. Maybe she’ll think twice about doing something in the future,” the mother said.

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