Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Weird Crime Wednesday: You can pray at school, but please keep your clothes on

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"The family that prays together, stays together."
                                                                                             -Patrick Peyton

 "If God had meant us to walk around naked, he never would have invented the wicker chair."

                                                             -Erma Bombeck

At approximately 10:00 AM on March 16, 2012, 44 year old Sara Butler, her two adult daughters, and her 14-year-old son all walked into Upper Darby High School in Pennsylvania.  Ms. Butler demanded that another one of her children, who was currently attending class in school, be released to her.

The only problem with this was that she did not have legal custody of the child...and the reason that she did not have custody would soon become very apparent to anyone unfortunate enough to be in the high school's parking lot later that afternoon.

They returned  to the school again at 11:07 with the same demand, and again were turned away.  The family made one final trip to the school at 12:55, presumably after a enjoying a pleasant lunch together, and decided to kick things up a notch.

"I don't know about you, but that roast 
beef n' cheddar's got me all types of jacked up!"

When the family arrived at the school, they abandoned their twice failed strategy of berating the school's front office personnel to illegally release a child into their custody. It was time to call on a higher power.

The family got out of their van, locked arms, and began to pray, chant, and sing church hymns.  

Oh yeah, one other thing:  They made this show of spiritual solidarity after completely disrobing so that they were completely naked and in full view of the school's students.

When school officials attempted to break up nude prayer vigil/no pants party occurring on their school grounds, the family began running wildly around the parking lot while still praying, chanting, and singing.

Eventually, police arrived and arrested the group after a slight physical struggle (and probably a lot of awkward glances and hesitant grabbing amongst the officers).

In case you're interested, here is a video showing portions of the arrest and  a few still frames of Sara Butler during the nude prayer protest.  The images of the naked mother are grainy and blurred out, but once you see their potential, you may become a much bigger fan of censorship.

It gets weirder

After the naked quartet was arrested and brought in to be arraigned on multiple charges (not the least of which were "open lewdness" and "disorderly conduct"), the crazy shenanigans continued.

Police were only able to obtain a mugshot of Joanne Butler, one of the adult daughters.  The other daughter and Sara Butler could not be processed because they were still acting like lunatics while police were trying to process them.

To make matters worse, they refused to wear clothes to court, which probably made some poor public defense attorney question many of his life decisions that day.

"Well you won't find this judge objecting.  How you doing..."

What's maybe even more bizarre (and hilariously ironic) is that when one of the girls that was willing to put her clothes back on was released from jail, she hid her face from the news cameras outside.  

In the meantime, Sara Butler is currently in still in jail, where she recently attacked a guard.  Ms. Butler and her daughters are awaiting a psychiatric evaluation and possible trial, while their 14 year old son will face a much lesser criminal penalty due to being a minor...but a very likely life sentence of weird dreams and confusing and gross feelings.

Police superintendent Michael Chitwood relayed to the media that the Ms. Butler may have "mental health issues."

Amen to that.