Dent School

In Cincinnati, OH, you will find people lined up for hours waiting to enter one of the scariest haunted houses in the nation, they want to be scared by costumed ghosts and ghouls. But the Dent School also has it’s own dark past, is it only haunted for fun at Halloween or is it haunted all the time?

The back story of the Dent School sounds like it was created for a movie, or even a back story for A Nightmare on Elm Street.

The School was open in 1894 and it taught children of all grades, kindergarten to 12th. It was equipped with the finest teachers, cafeteria workers, and janitors for miles. Everything running was ideally and the school was highly regarded, until 1942.

In 1942, there were several students who were disruptive in the class room, and they mysteriously vanished. An investigation was started and police deemed they must have been runaways.

Again in 1945, four students went missing in October. The police were confused as to what was happening with the students. Rumors began. Locals were stating the missing children had something to do with the school. Everything continued as normal except for the rumors. In 1952, three more students disappeared. And shortly after their disappearance students began to complain about a strange smell coming from the basement.

Charlie, the head janitor, was asked about the smell. He stated it was the pipes clogging up. A few weeks later the smell had dissipated, but new rumors started that Charlie has something to do with the missing students.

In 1955, more than seven students vanished without a trace, the smell was again reported by the local kids and they were complaining that it was so strong that some kids had passed out. By now the local citizens wanted answers.

An angry mob bust down the doors to the school and proceeded into the basement. What they found was nothing less than shocking. The basement, which was the janitor’s stomping grounds, had the grizzly sight of the decaying remains of the missing students. Bodies had been sealed in barrels, wedged behind brick walls, and left in sanitary tubs to decay forever.

Charlie was searched for, but never found. The school closed shortly after the discovery.

If you want to visit the Dent Schoolhouse haunted house, please check their hours of operation. You may be visiting more than just actors, perhaps some long lost children are still roaming the halls.

Happy Haunting!

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