SCP Article for the recurring disappearance of the Stuyvesant High School building.

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Item #: SCP-4220

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: The SCP Foundation has had inordinate difficulty in containing SCP-4220. At SCP-4220’s initial occurrence, a veritable army of SCP agents and personnel had to report to the scene and administer Class-A amnestics to ███ witnesses. During the following occurrence, the SCP Foundation was more vigilant as they’d been monitoring the locale and only needed to administer amnestics to ██ bystanders. However, this was not sustainable in the long run and presented the risk of an information breach, so researchers frantically searched for methods of containment. The ingenious plan that Dr. Narom came up with to contain SCP-4220 is as follows: Precisely 35 minutes prior to the scheduled occurrence of SCP-4220, numerous food stations arrive near the scene, known locally as “halal carts.” SCP Foundation agents man these stations. They then each use an SCP Foundation-brand megaphone to announce to anybody in the area that they are offering free food, which is, of course, distributed by MeatCo, a subsidiary of the Foundation. Just as Dr. Narom stipulated, exactly 100 percent of the surrounding witnesses rushed to these food stations and immediately paid their attention to them, ignoring all other events, including SCP-4220. This ritual occurs every week that SCP-4220 takes place and has been completely successful in preventing notice of its occurrence, with no use of amnestics required. That being said, other efforts are still being undertaken to contain the effects of SCP-4220, and researchers are on-site at all times in order to observe whether these effects remain localized within the ██████████ ████ ██████ building.

Description: SCP-4220 is an anomaly sporadically occurring inside ██████████ ████ ██████ at ███ ████████ Street, ██, ███ ████. SCP-4220’s first appearance occurred on May ███, 20██ at 3:35 p.m. Further analysis indicates SCP-4220 begins at 3:35 p.m. every Monday. SCP-4220 begins with a translucent barrier appearing in front of ██████████ ████ ██████. No more than 30 seconds later, areas of the ██████ begin to fade from sight. As each section of the building disappears, numerous small animals drop to the ground, falling through the floor that was once there. Curiously, the vermin land upon the concrete ground gently and with no observable injuries. These vermin include but are not limited to: brown rats, black rats, albino rats, American cockroaches, pillbugs, numerous species of spider, and one white-faced whistling duck. While these creatures horrifically rain from the sky, they are accompanied by eight black vending machines, which plummet and crash with none of the grace of their counterparts. Agents have determined that only furniture containing food was dropped to the ground. Around 3:37 p.m., the creatures form an orderly line for one of the eight vending machines. They seem to “give” each vending machine various items resembling currency, such as unpaired shoes from the lost-and-found box, a stolen wooden bench, several screaming souls from the underworld, a five-pound Pomeranian, and a pizza. In response, the vending machine intermittently dispenses the snacks stored inside of it. Agents attempting to access the disappearing ██████ are met with startling resistance—the agents are teleported into █████ █████, a nearby supermarket, with an armful of study materials. No trace of the building’s structure is left behind by 3:40 p.m. The area in which the building once was does not seem to be responding to any sources of stimuli until its reappearance at 6:00 p.m. As the building is restored, all animals left on the ground float upward and are gently placed in their respective crevices. Agents entering the building following SCP-4220 see major alterations in the building’s decorations and stairwells. On several occasions, the eponymous portrait of █████ ██████████ was found moving up escalators, resting on the mats in the gym, or floating inside the building’s █████ █████ swimming pool. More ominous events have included red, spray-painted, Xs over several rooms: specifically rooms ███, ███, and ███. Startling graffiti of distorted gym uniforms and apples dripping blood also appeared on several of the ██████’s floors, mainly on walls that lead to a dead-end. One of the most shocking effects of the building’s metamorphosis includes re-routed escalators and stairwells. Several floors contained escalators moving in the same direction, resulting in many agents taking the stairs after missing their destination. The stairs themselves also changed with several staircases missing or skipping floors, floating, or leading up to random classrooms. SCP-4220 also causes any loose item within the building that does not belong to the ██████ administration to disappear permanently. For each item that disappears, a completely unrelated item appears in the lost-and-found box. People within the ██████ building at the time of SCP-4220 are also immediately transported to the █████ █████ supermarket with study materials.

Discovery: One ██████████ ████ ██████ junior by the name of ██████ ██████ was walking towards ███████ to purchase a bacon-avocado-chipotle on a roll when ███ spotted ███ ██████ disappearing. The student posted on social media in the “████ ████████ ██████████ █████ ██ ████████████ group regarding the aforementioned situation. However, the post was quickly regarded as a joke, with students intermittently “bumping” the post. Agent █████ soon found and questioned the junior who saw SCP-4220 and convinced the student that ███ was hallucinating, on account of her rampant sleep deprivation. After its posting on May , 20██, the post continued to be “bumped” by several nefarious users. A ████████ user named █████ commented “WoW just a typical day in life!” on August ██, 20██, at 1:42 a.m., with another comment on August ██, 20██, at 3:23 p.m. saying “it had to be done.” To assess their suspicious comments, a pair of agents interrogated the students at a secure location. The agents asked the students if they were involved in SCP-4220 or heard of the anomaly in any way. Both students denied any involvement in SCP-4220 and emphasized the comment was a joke about their beloved school. The students were given Class-A amnestics following the investigation. Since the specific area surrounding SCP-4220 has been undergoing rigorous quarantine, there have been no large-scale discoveries of SCP-4220.

Addendum A: One new development has been made regarding the timing of the ██████’s appearance and disappearance. Beginning on June , the building appeared to enter a new phase. The building became nocturnal, with SCP-4220 appearing at 12:00 a.m. every Monday. Dr. Narom has developed one theory for this change. He suggests SCP-4220 might be adopting new sleep habits to account for the large amount of free-time suddenly available at the empty building. Agents have determined that the nature of the changes inside the ██████ has remained the same.

Addendum B: A recent development has determined that the vending machine could be refilled by ████████████ security guards. Agents watching the school have seen silhouettes of people traveling around the school right before the school begins to disappear, particularly in the stairwells. A deeper analysis has led to a recognition of rectangular badges, characteristic of security guards, on the shoulders of the silhouettes. Investigations inside the school building have resulted in no sighting of the security guards. This new information prompts more questions about SCP-4220. Agents continue to investigate how security guards gain access to the resources needed to maintain the vending machines.