rating: +4+x

Item #: SCP-2510

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: Due to its self-containing nature, containment has been minimal. SCP-XXXX has been moved to cold storage, and amnestics administered to POI-XXXX and SCP-XXXX's family.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a phenomenon surrounding Samantha McArthur, a 17 year-old high school senior who attended Oakhill Secondary School in Converse, Indiana from 2016 to 2019 before her death. While autopsy reports have been inconclusive due to the condition of her body, Foundation investigators currently believe McArthur and her death were entirely non-anomalous, with SCP-XXXX triggering due to its circumstances.

All individuals within Converse who have known McArthur refuse to acknowledge her corpse, ignoring her corpse entirely when within the vicinity, or if McArthur is brought up tangentially in conversation, will choose to focus on other topics. When directly pressed on SCP-XXXX or McArthur, individuals will refuse to continue the subject and remain entirely silent. Individuals pressed sufficiently enough will refuse to speak with Foundation personnel any longer.1

SCP-XXXX was discovered by Reba Sinclair, the aunt of a student at Oakhill, who traveled to Converse to attend their nephew's graduation. Upon entering the women's bathroom and encountering McArthur, she became distressed and attempted to call the authorities, who were also subject to SCP-XXXX. Sinclair assumed that she had discovered a town-wide conspiracy and fled, alerting the police at the next town over. Foundation informants embedded in the Indiana State Police were alerted and responded to Sinclair.

Foundation attempts to investigate SCP-XXXX have been stymied. First posing as state police, personnel attempted to interrogate students and faculty at Okahill Secondary, only to be refused despite threats of legal action or possible jail time.

Attempts to place undercover agents in either the faculty or student population, while being successful, have not resulted in any individuals willing to share information. Attempts to covertly gather information on SCP-XXXX have resulted in suspicion towards the agents, forcing the Foundation to withdraw them.

Theorizing that a sociokinetic anomaly would be impervious to any intrusion by outsiders, attempts shifted to instead find an individual that would be considered sufficiently enough of an outsider who would be willing to speak to the Foundation.

Interviewed: Zachary Stephanopolous

Interviewer: Agent Barnes

Foreword: Searching school records,the Foundation contacted Stephanopolous, who moved to the area approximately four months ago, to discuss Samantha McArthur/SCP-XXXX.

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Interviewer: Thank you for agreeing to speak with me. Most of your friends haven't been so cooperative.
Zachary: No problem. Can we… can we just keep it between us? I don't want them knowing about it.

Barnes: We'll make sure they're kept unaware. (pauses) Do you think they'd be mad at you for speaking to me?

Zachary: Not sure. I think it's more of an unspoken thing, maybe? Like I don't know all of them that well, but I just… I don't know, get the feeling I'm not supposed to talk about… it.

Barnes: I see. And what exactly is "it" supposed to be?

Zachary remains silent, although appears to be distressed.

Barnes: Can you tell me about McArthur? Why was her body left undiscovered in a school bathroom for three months?

Zachary remains silent.

Barnes: You know what, let's talk about something else for now. Tell me about your life at Oakhill. Do you like the place?

Zachary appears to look relieved.

Zachary: Yeah, it's a good school. I was kinda worried moving, you know, how everyone in these types of town know each other. Like, everyone. You know what I mean?

Barnes: Yes, I think so. Continue.

Zachary: It kinda feels very closed off, from what you see in movies and stuff. But I got over it. It's great. Everyone knows each other, and everyone watches out for each other. No matter what.

Barnes: Noted. Can you tell me about your classmates? Anyone who comes to mind, for any reason?

Zachary: Kevin Cosniak and Derek Thompson. They're both on the football team, everyone knows them. Very popular. Sort of the ringleaders of the school.

**Barnes:* Have you interacted with them-

Zachary: I mean, they're kinda dicks, If I'm being honest. But they're not that smart. They get through most things by dumb luck, is what I think. But I'm not really the teacher, right?

Barnes: ….Ah. I'll keep that in mind. But going back to the question, have you interacted with them much?

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Closing Statement: [Small summary and passage on what transpired afterward]

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