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READ: The 'Scary Text' Ridgewood Kids Have Received

The threatening "Teddy Letter" has been floating around Somerville Elementary School, prompting the principal to ask parents to have a dialogue with their kids over social media.

If you haven't seen the "scary" and "graphic" chain letter that "spread like wildfire" to Ridgewood 5th grade students via text message, here's your chance.

Superintendent Dan Fishbein said the chain letter has been floating around the Internet for years, but made its way to the smartphones of Somerville Elementary School 5th graders in recent weeks.

In a letter to parents, Somerville Principal Lorna Oates-Santos said families should use the "disturbing" letter to start a dialogue on social media and its potential dangers.

Here is the letter, in full:

Hi, I am Teddy. Once you read this you cannot get out. Finish reading this until it is done! As I said, I am Teddy. I am 7 years old. I have no eyes and blood all over my face. I am dead. If you don't send this to at least 12 people I will come to your house at midnight and I'll hide under your bed. When you're asleep, I'll kill you.

Don't believe me? Case 1: Patty Buckles Got this e-mail. She doesn't believe in chain letters. Well, Foolish Patty. She was sleeping when her TV started flickering on and off. Now she's not with us anymore. Ha ha patty, Ha ha! You don't want to be like Patty, do you?

Case 2: George M. Simon Hates chain mail, but he didn't want to die that night. He sent it to 4 people. Not good enough George. Now, George is in a coma, we don't know if he'll ever wake up. Ha ha George, Ha ha! Now, do you want to be like George?

Case 3: Valarie Tyler She got this letter. Another chain letter she thought. Only had 7 people to send to. Well, That night when she was having a shower she saw bloody Mary in the mirror. It was the BIGGEST fright of her life. Valarie is scarred for life.

Case 4: Derek Minse This is the final case I'll tell you about. Well, Derek was a smart person. He sent it to 12 people. Later that day, he found a $100.00 bill on the ground. He was premoted to head officer at his job and his girlfriend said yes to his purposal. Now, Katie and him are living happily ever after.The have 2 beautiful children.

Send this to at least 12 people or you'll face the consequences. 0 people- You will die tonight 1-6 people- you will be injured 7-11 people- you will get the biggest fright of your life 12 and over- you are safe and will have good fortune! Do What Teddy Says!!!! Hurry, you must send to 12 people before midnight no send backs Sorry!! I had to!

No One March 24, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Seems legit.
Harlan Consider March 24, 2013 at 04:44 PM
So these are the "scary" texts? Good grief, what has happened to us? I put it down to the overall wimpification of our society.
JAFO March 24, 2013 at 04:45 PM
I'll bet Derek also took karate.
Kristen March 24, 2013 at 05:09 PM
7...days. You have 7 days... Seriously, The Ring is so over.
Kristen March 24, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Too bad he didn't find a $100.57 bill on the ground. The language in this is funny as hell.
Capri March 24, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Chain letters and the people who make them up and bully people via scaring or guilt-tripping or any other means into spreading this garbage really tick me off. . Teddy gets told off here. And a link to your article is included in the pre-smash. Also, this hoax has mutated to be about other characters, there was an anime version about Hetalia. What kind of doofus takes a stinky old chain letter and turns it into an anti-chain that's equally useless and annoying? chainsmashers . mixxt . com / networks / forum / thread . 206592 When you are little, the chain letters use the threat/promise of death or good luck to get you spreading it. when you're a teen, they still use the threat/promise and luck stuff, but ad in the crush theme as well. When you're an adult, chain letters pull out every other angle, fear of crime, fear of contaminants, religious guilt-tripping, political outrage or fear, sadness over cancer or sick children who either never existed or who have nothing to do with the hoax or the information is out of date. And I've only covered a fraction of it. These things need to be soundly trounced. And on another site, some people are blaming cell phones. It isn't the technology that's the problem. Chain letters were around long before cell phones. So were unscrupulous hoaxers.
Danny March 24, 2013 at 07:15 PM
wat
paul smith March 24, 2013 at 08:04 PM
unbelievable. i'm sure teddy is some loser wimp living in mommy's basement, kind of like the other loser anonymous posters in cyberspace.
Capri March 24, 2013 at 08:53 PM
*Rolling eyes*
Capri March 24, 2013 at 08:55 PM
*Rolling eyes*They're just little kids, for gosh sakes.
Capri March 24, 2013 at 09:00 PM
I'm really sick of the old "He must be livin' in his mommy's basement' jag. People do live at home past graduation, even when they had moved out and fell on hard times. What's more, any anonymous dude/chick can right chain letters from their own apartment complex or some mansion they own. And there are people living at home because they are physically disabled, so don't knock that. This is supposed to be about the character of a hoaxer and chain letters, not about looking down on people for where they live.
Ridgewood Mom March 24, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Er, thanks for passing that on to all of us James. :)
paul smith March 24, 2013 at 09:21 PM
@Capri- I'm not bashing folks like you mention that do have legitimate reasons for living home. Circumstances like you mention are people that have gotten a raw deal through absolutely no fault of their own, pure and simple. That aside, I'm fairly sure the originator of this crap is some idiot who lives in fantasy land. THAT, is a loser.
Ridgewood Mom March 24, 2013 at 09:33 PM
A quick Google search shows that this has been around for a while. From 2007: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/769267 Good to know that it isn't particular to Ridgewood's schools.
Capri March 24, 2013 at 09:44 PM
@paul smith Thanks for clarifying. It's much appreciated. And I do agree with you that such hoaxers live in a sick fantasy land. I believe they want attention but to remain anonymous, and to have control over a lot of people. They are aware of how to push people's emotional buttons, and which angles are most likely to work on which group of people..
Capri March 24, 2013 at 09:48 PM
@paul smith I hope this doesn't post a duplicate, but Patch keeps logging me off when I quit the browser. So, thanks for the clarification, it's much appreciated. I do agree with you these hoaxers live in a sick fantasy world. They crave attention and power over others while being anonymous so they can watch the havoc they cause while getting away with it all. And they are master psyche manipulators who know just what angles to use on various people to get them playing into their hands.
Capri March 24, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Oh, that "The Ring" movie stinks and so does "Chain Letter" from 2010. all they do is encourage belief in hoaxes. I like "Urban Legend" there is an interesting twist at the end as to who is causing the UL scenarios there, and it isn't a chain letter ghost or stalkerish technology-hating killer.
paul smith March 24, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Hey Capri- These losers love cyberspace. It allows these loser scum, who probably would wet their pants if a grandma said BOO to them, a sense of bravery that they would never have in the real world. In terms of losers, see the EMT that got busted for racist diatribes in NY. When he got nailed he cried like a baby. We should nail the timmy losers.
paul smith March 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM
James runs a tight ship :).. the bad ones are usually banished to the yellow blog, which is where Timmy feels at home.
Kristen March 25, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Capri, pretty sure everyone who saw the ring realized it was fictional. Your post is akin to claiming that Star Wars encouraged belief in wookies. And The Ring was scary as hell and great. :)
Capri March 25, 2013 at 12:44 AM
@Paul Smith You nailed it. :) @Kristen Not quite. Nobody believes in woolies. Lots of people believe in chain letters and are specifically afraid of that drippy sap Samara Morgan. That movie didn't scare me, I thought it was lame as all heck. "what Lies Beneath" was much creepier, and "Offerings" I couldn't even watch.
Ex Rocker March 25, 2013 at 01:24 AM
I didn't get chain letters as a kid, but I had to live with the fear that if I stepped on a crack I'd break my Mother's back. ":)"
Capri March 25, 2013 at 01:41 AM
I remember getting a chain letter in the mail when I was little. It was the envelope-stuffing kind. Tried it, got nothing in return. Lesson learned. And I never did fall for the luck/love/death threat/promise variety.
paul smith March 25, 2013 at 02:44 AM
not to mention ink a dink a bottle of ink.....
Ex Rocker March 25, 2013 at 04:35 AM
Our nursery rimes and cartoons were scary enough. What maniac rocks their baby on a tree top, then makes a song out of it when the cradle finally falls, and who thought cartoon characters getting squashed by falling anvils and exploding sticks of dynamite was good for kid's psyche? These kids will get over these email forwards just fine. Trips to the psychologist not required.
Matt Allen March 25, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Ok adults - this can absolutely scare a 9 yr old. I remember getting one of these in 3rd grade (someone left pamphlets in the playground back then) asking to distribute 50 more pamphlets lest I be run over by a car or be crushed by a boulder. Did the right thing - showed it to my mom and she explained that it was a hoax. But I do remember being a little bit scared!
Harlan Consider March 25, 2013 at 07:31 PM
So 9-year olds have cell phones now?
Ex Rocker March 25, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Yes, I guess they do. It's too bad that the tools they're given, presumably to keep them safer, are becoming just another way they can be contacted by strangers with evil in mind. That's at least 2 times in the last month that kids in one town have had a bad experience made worse by this technology. Sending and reposting those nude photos would have been darn near impossible if not sent over the internet via cell phone pictures. I'm sure I'd be tempted to want my kids to have a way to keep in touch with me, or call for help, but I worry if exposing them to the anonymity of cyber predators out weighs that convenience. Would a child be able to get to their phone, or be allowed to keep it if approached by a stranger anyway? I'm not sure. Glad my kids are grown so I don't have all these additional worries parents have now. My daughters didn't have phones until they drove. I think that is a good age, and a relief to parents who's kids may breakdown in their car. Grammar school...I don't see it.
Mark March 30, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Ex rocker---- maybe those cartoons were why there were no shootings or thugs like we have now. Kids today are growing up too fast. Maybe they need to see Wile E. Coyote fall off a cliff or Daffy Duck eat dynamite.

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