“7 kids died of food poisoning here in the 70’s!!! OMGZORZ!!! So ghost-y!!!!”
That pretty much sums up every online description of the once-abandoned, now-demolished Hopewell Elementary School in Alpharetta, GA.
This place had stories that, if inserted into a modern-day horror movie, would make you cringe in embarrassment. Nevertheless, teens, thrill-seekers, ghost-hunters, and no-goodniks of all varieties flocked to the site hoping to add their own personal experience to the long and cheesy list.
For those who made a trip to the school before it was torn down in 2008-ish, your chances of experiencing anything supernatural were largely diminished by your chances of a run-in with The Law, capitalized after an incident in which a close photographer friend on mine was pinned to a wall at gunpoint by one of Alpharetta’s finest. Of course, there were visitors to the school who weren’t arrested or questioned, and they had left behind their own legacy of Natural Ice-fueled parties, pseudo-Satanic candle formations, and adolescent fornication.
But was Hopewell even haunted?
No paranormal investigations ever took place on the property, nor has anyone ever been able to corroborate the poisoning story. In fact, there are a great number of people who have come forward to refute that ever-popular claim, to try to quell interest in trespassing at the school. Sure, the spirit of a former student or teacher could visit, or there could be residual-type hauntings, but it’s doubtful given the nature of the claims.