A fantastic story of a "vampire with iron teeth" led to amazing scenes in a city
cemetery for the second day running last night. The story of the fictious monster
spread through Glasgow schools, say teachers and parents, after the children had
been reading horror comics.
The vampire according to the tale that spread around had "strangled and devoured"
two little boys in the cemetery. Hundreds of comic reading youngsters became an easy
prey to this gruesome invention-and the result has been a nightmare twenty-four hours
for the police in the city's Hutchesontown district.
THE TODDLERS JOINED IN.
The trouble started at 4pm on Thursday, when the schools were closing for the day.
Hundreds of children banded together, determined to slay "the vampire" which they
believed to be roaming the cemetery.
Even infants just able to toddle joined the mob. Armed with sticks and stones, off
they set for the cemetery, gathering recruits as they marched through the city streets.
At the cemetery they swarmed over the graves, determined to hunt down the fabulous
monster. Every moment more and more children joined the yelling excited throng.
THEY STAYED AFTER DARK
The police were called in. They cleared the cemetery. But band of youngsters still
roamed around outside the walls "hunting the vampire" until darkness fell. All day
yesterday the fantastic story persisted. Last night, a crowd of more than 100 children
climbed the high walls into the graveyard to continue the hunt.
Gravediggers had been called on to help the cemetery-keepers to guard the gates,
but they were powerless to turn the eager "vampire hunters" out. I walked through
the cemetery as darkness was falling. Little boys and girls clung to my coat and
shouted "Have you come to shoot him mister? Kill him so we can get to sleep tonight"
THE VERY REAL PROBLEM
Glasgow leaders of education and welfare services are amazed that such incidents
could happen in a bustling modern city.