Parent outraged over possible pentagram symbol on Mid-South bus

Published: Jan. 9, 2015 at 4:34 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2015 at 5:04 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - At least one Mid-South parent is concerned about what she says is a satanic symbol on a school bus.

The Cordova, Tennessee parent snapped a photo when she noticed the shape of an upside down, five-pointed star outlined in the brake lights of a school bus that was stopped in Cordova.

"Anyone who fears a God, if not God and Jesus Christ, should be outraged," she said.

WMC Action News 5 is not sharing her name because she's getting death threats for her views.

She says Christians should be outraged that a symbol that looks like a pentagram would be allowed in the design of a vehicle used to transport children to public schools.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a Pentagram as a star with five points often used as a magic or religious symbol.

On social media, parents are arguing both sides of the debate. Some say the brake lights are a subliminal pagan message, while others say it's just an unintentional design.

"If you can't put a cross on there, you cannot put a pentagram on it," she said.

Last month, Walgreen's pulled wrapping paper from its shelves because the images on the paper appeared to be swastikas.

Even those who are not completely sold on the brake light being a sign from the devil have questions.

"Why'd they put it up there," Marsha Hudson asked. "Why'd they put it upside down?"

WMC Action News 5 talked to Jo Applewhite, who is a practicing Wiccan. She says technically the lights do form a pentagram, but she says the symbol itself is not a Satanic or evil one.

"Find out what it really means before you start getting riled up and all worked up about something," Applewhite said. "Wiccans, we believe in God, we believe in Jesus, but we don't call him God."

Either way, the concerned parent says the lights send the wrong signal, and she wants them replaced with solid red brake lights.

Neither Durham School Services nor the school district would answer any questions about the bus' brake lights.

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