by Charles Lear
Remember that UFO sighting by all those school children some years back? That was in Australia, right? No, it was Florida… or was it Wales? Perhaps it was in Africa? The answer is that there were incidents of significance in all four locations. All were similar enough to cause confusion but the reactions by school and public officials involved were strikingly different.
The first occurrence was April 6, 1966 at Westall High School in Clayton South, a suburb of Melbourne, capital of Victoria, Australia. Around 11:00 am a student ran in from the school sports field (the oval) shouting that there was a flying saucer outside. The teacher whose class had been interrupted demanded his students remain seated until the recess bell, at which time, students and teachers flooded the oval and over 200 people were witness to a silvery disk. At the time, 5 light airplanes were attempting to get near the craft and it displayed extraordinary flight characteristics in evading them, which were described by teacher, Andrew Greenwood, to a fellow teacher arriving late to the scene. Another teacher, Barbara Robbins, was reported by student witness, Graham Simmonds, to have been taking photographs of the object. The object then flew to a wooded area called, “The Grange” where it landed and the students followed it. By the time most of them caught up with the object it had lifted off but one student, “Tanya”, possibly had arrived early enough to see it landed. The object flew off and the spot where it had been was reportedly marked by a swirled patch of grass. Read more