I was raised in a crazy town called Riverton. While attending high school there, I was told of the legend of the old Riverton Elementary School.
The old Riverton Elementary School was one of the first schoolhouses built in the valley. It burned down on July 30th 1926. They rebuilt the school not long after that. In 1996 the City purchased the old Riverton Elementary School and its surrounding 9 acres of land from the Jordan School District for $225,000. By 2005-2006, the city had successfully renovated the old elementary school into a new community center and City Hall, which now houses all of the city’s administrative offices. I participated in some musical productions in this building with the local community theater.
|The renovated Riverton Community Center|
An old haunted legend of that building tells that the fire ended the lives of a few students. Some of the older kids would say that they knew a friend of a friend, who, on a dare, spent the night in that old building. The mysterious tenant claimed that late at night he could hear children’s voices. He constantly heard footsteps behind him. And in the boiler room, he could hear a little girl crying because she fell down a shoot, or so the ghost of the girl apparently told him.
For my Technology 2000 (Digital Media) class, I got to do an assignment using video editing with Adobe Premier. My friend Tommy and I were taking that class together and we were partners on that particular project. Neither one of us had a clue how to use the program and ended up filming an amateur video outside of class. We had a friend and a correspondent who worked for the community of Riverton and had all the keys to all government-owned buildings in the area.
We convinced him to let us in the old elementary school at midnight so we could film our own ghost movie in there. We ended up shooting a whole bunch of footage that made no sense chronologically to a plot and filmed me mostly walking around in the dark and being chased by other people involved in the film. I brought some fishing line, to make objects appear to be floating in mid air, and frantically turned lights on and off and threw furniture around the room. It ended up being similar to the Blair Witch Project. I believe we even had a shot of my face close to the camera wearing a beanie like one of the kids do in that movie.
The next day at school we showed our footage to a whole bunch of classmates. Some were frightened by what they saw, some were excited and the legend of that building escalated. I had an emo friend who was a big skeptic about the film and didn’t buy into any of our cheap effects, except he pointed out the strange orbs of light that seemed to circle around me and dart in and out of the picture. He described those orbs as being spirits in the film. I thought that was interesting since we couldn’t explain where those orbs of light were coming from. We definitely didn’t create them. When I was asked how I felt in that building that night I said 'normal,' maybe because I was hyped on hormones and excited about being rebellious.
|Orbs of light apparently spirits|
I don’t think Tommy and I got an A for that assignment. The anti-climatic part of this story is that not long after we shot that film Tommy lost the film containing me and the orbs of light. He lost everything and has no idea what happened to it. The only proof we have of that evening now is the testimonies of everyone present.