In A Nutshell
In 1994, 62 children from a South African private school claimed to see three silver balls flying in the sky. The objects soon disappeared following a bright flash and were seen instantaneously elsewhere in the sky. This occurred two more times until the flying craft began to descend toward the ground. When the craft landed, the children reported seeing a man come out of the craft, walk for a bit, and then very quickly take off with the craft.
The Whole Bushel
Friday September 16, 1994: 62 children were playing in a field at the Ariel School in South Africa. Their fun was soon interrupted when they saw three silver orbs flying above them (some accounts say they were flashing red lights). The spheres would periodically disappear with a blinding flash and then become visible in a different location instantaneously.
After repeating this process a total of three times, the aircraft descended and landed about 100 meters (110 yds) from where the children were playing, in a fenced, wooded area where the children weren’t allowed to play. Soon thereafter, a small being, 90 centimeters (3 ft) tall emerged from the object, and began walking around the fenced-off area, staying close to craft. After a while, the humanoid became aware of his observers and subsequently disappeared, only to reappear in an instant behind the orb. The object then flew off very rapidly and was gone.
Descriptions of the sighting vary, but mostly match up. The children were all interviewed by Harvard Professor John Mack, and 30–40 of them were asked to draw pictures of what they saw. Most of the accounts describe a man with massive eyes shaped like footballs, with a scrawny neck, pale skin, and long black hair, wearing a black suit. One girl boldly stated, “I swear by every hair on my head and the whole Bible that I am telling the truth.” The younger witnesses ran away from the site, screaming for help. Older students at the school asked why they were screaming, and they answered, “He is coming to eat us.”
When asked what they thought the reason for the being’s visit was, the children had varying answers. Some believed the visitation was due to an impending incident in the near future. Others thought it was a sign that the end of the world was near. One witness answered that it was a warning that our activity here on Earth is harming the planet, and that we must stop doing damage. Everyone who provided answers to the question noted that the being never actually said anything. Instead the information was relayed telepathically, without it moving its mouth.
Believers say that the legitimacy of the incident is contained in two ideas. Why would 62 children lie about something like this? How, especially in an age before the Internet, would the children conjure up a description of a stereotypical alien? One can easily perform a simple Google search for “alien” and see hundred of images all matching the description of these 62 South African children. Alleged witnesses to alien contact generally always describe those same big black eyes, but how would children who couldn’t access these past descriptions forge these drawings and stories?
Even against the opposition, every child still attests to the truth of their story and maintains the belief that what they saw was not a hallucination. Was this a mass ploy to fool the world? Did 62 children all have the same hallucination? What really happened on September 16, 1994 during mid-morning break?