Mother outraged after spotting ‘satanic’ symbol in school bus brake lights

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CORDOVA, Tenn. — A Tennessee parent is upset after she says she saw a pentagram on a school bus.

The mom told WMC 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.

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

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.

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  • Sean

    You are a wack-a-doodle who needs to get a life! Maybe a good hobby like crayons and a coloring book. That should be about your level of mentally.

  • Doug Messick

    Are you kidding me? It’s a star pattern, big flip’n deal. Ignorance seems to be your virtue. Educate yourself more on this before opening you mouth and removing all doubt from us that your are a fool.

  • Phil Lawrence

    Ok lady who has nothing better to do, those are LED lights, they can only be installed one way. Thats how they are designed. Do you really think a mechaninc at the bus garage searched the internet looking for those lights specifically? They have a parts supplier that they use, they order LED lights size A B or C, the connector is universal. School buses eat light bulbs because they’re on all the time. Incandecernt light bulbs don’t last very long, the LED bulbs will save the school system money because they last for 20,000 hours vs the 500 hours of a standard bulb.

  • Dave Michaels

    The newer LED lights on the back of a school buses have this pattern. Does she think someone put that light on there intentionally? It came like that from the factory for no reason and she is crazy for thinking that someone was trying to represent some religious reference and to ask them to be changed to solid lights is preposterous. Newer busses just come with LED lights as standard now.

  • Haley

    First of all, a five pointed star facing up (enclosed in a circle) is called a pentaCLE. It was actually used to signify the wounds of Christ from the crucifixion (hands, feet, and crown of thorns). A pentaGRAM is only considered “satanic” because it is UPSIDE DOWN and therefore mocking the wounds of Christ, just like a crucifix or cross turned upside down. And whatever supposed practicing Wiccan they interviewed needs to hit the books. So to clarify: it needs to be flipped upside down and enclosed in a circle to be construed as POSSIBLY satanic.

  • Trent

    In my opinion this woman suffers from some kind of mental illness. I don’t see any satanic symbol. Also I wonder if she would freak out about the star on top of the Christmas tree. This is just unbelievable

  • Rachael Marie

    “The pentagram was used in ancient times as a Christian symbol for the five senses, or of the five wounds of Christ.”
    Technically, it’s a pentacle, but y’know. People wanna be ignorant and make big deals of nothing.

  • Really?!

    Give me a break. Why would you even think that this is evil. It’s darn brake lights and the way the light comes through the lens. Do you really think someone thought that “Oh, I think I’ll make this brake light look like a pentagram to piss people off?”

  • Ron Kramer

    depends where your heads at I guess. Some might see the Star of David. Others a star of the American flag. The star of Bethlehem… others just LED’s in a symmetrical pattern. I would have never seen a satantic symbol here. Because the concept isn’t in the fore front of my mind. It is a star to me. Could be most any star. Aren’t satanic stars suppose to be drawn in blood?