The mom told local media she snapped a photo of the brake light on a Durham School Services bus in Cordova.
“Anyone who fears a God, if not God and Jesus Christ, should be outraged,” said the mother, who was not identified because she is reportedly receiving death threats after sharing the photo on social media.
The mother says it’s appalling the brake lights are shaped like a pentagram.
“If you can’t put a cross on there, you can’t put a pentagram on it,” she said.
The woman pointed to Walgreen’s decision last year to remove wrapping paper from its shelves because images on the paper appeared to be those of swastikas.
“Would we allow a swastika, for instance, to be on the back of the bus?” said the mother.
One woman, who identified herself as a practicing Wiccan, looked at the photo and said it did look like a pentagram. But she says the symbol is the same for her faith as the cross is for Christians.
CNN interviewed a local Wiccan, Jo Applewhite, for their news piece on the offending brake lights. “Wiccans, we believe in God, we believe in Jesus, but we don’t call him God,”
Applewhite says before explaining multiple meanings of the pentagram. “Find out what it really means before you start getting riled up and all worked up about something.”
Another local states, “People should be upset if that is against their feelings, religions, etc.”.
Applewhite says people may be making a fuss over nothing.
“Go find out if it was intentional,” she said.
School district officials have not publicly commented on the school bus lights.
ShoeKnows points out:
Tennessee public schools are currently facing common core controversies, issues surrounding virtual education and controversy around teacher pay. Every one of these topics could use some energy and outrage from parents to get the ball rolling on solutions that benefit kids. Put the brakes on religious hysterics and focus on what children and teachers need to succeed.
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