Mother Outraged Over 'Satanic' Lights On School Bus

January 23, 2015

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Some arguably bored and misguided mother in Tennessee is outraged after discovering the lights on the back of a school bus appear to be upside down stars (aka "satanic pentagrams" to some people), sending her off on her own personal crusade for Christianity. "Wow -- we really need more people like her in the world," nobody just thought.

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..."

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 meaning of the upside-down pentagram and whether or not it's even satanic aside, I will say this: after literally five seconds of internet sleuthing you know what I found? Pictures of the same star lights installed point-side up! (Pictures after the jump) They're just star-shaped lights, lady -- just like the topper on your Christmas tree! Which, come on, you really should have taken down already -- it's almost February. Now: less senseless complaining, more putting ornaments back in their boxes.

Keep going for shots of the lights installed point-side up. Although the one bus's number is '666', so this lady might actually be on to something.

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Thanks again to Michael K, who, for two tips only an article apart, wins A FREE PAIR OF SUPER BOWL XLIX TICKETS! Just kidding, you only get this shoutout.

  • SirPhobos

    I know I'm not the first person in the comments to mention this but a 5 pointed star in a circle is not a "pentagram" it is a "pentacle." It isn't even inverted. This star has no more "satanic" connotations than the other star shaped brake light above it.

    This woman is upset because she lacks the ability to differentiate between two geometric shapes and what little if any symbolism they might have. I honestly wonder is she would throw such a fit if she saw a 5 pointed star on a Christmas tree or in the stained glass window of a church, the former of which is readily used.

  • captaindash

    The fact that this is not a pentagram (it's not 5 lines) reminds me of those ultra constitutionalists who, when questioned, don't actually know the constitution very well at all.

  • David Gabel

    Another typical bible-thumper that has NOTHING better to do with her life than to put her nose where it Does Not Belong. They are lights: pure and simple. Zero meaning behind it, religious or otherwise.

  • putomadre

    My bus was actually 666 when I was a little kid. I thought it was suiting seeing as our mascot was a red devil lol I'm not religious but the idea of Satan and his association to rock and roll makes me say fuck yeah motherfucker!! :D

  • Jason

    So when these came out a few years back I started looking to buy one for my motorcycle have never been able to get one . Pisses me off! I'm outraged at lack of availability!

  • The Supreme Gentleman

    There's just no escape from stupid people.

  • Shh Private

    Breaking News: Bored lady gets "bus hurt" about taillights.

  • Zed68

    The stupid... it hurts!!!!

  • Prosy

    I really hope they turn the stars the other way up in front of her and go "Ok, Lady. Happy now?"

  • TJ Wilferd

    I'm actually kind of get what she's saying. I mean one way or another there is a religious symbol in the lights clear as balls. If it was a cross or any other religious symbol atheists would be crapping their pants for sure, but that would be totally okay and they wouldnt be crazy jerkwads for some reason...

  • shashi
  • Spice Devil

    Actually, the star shape is the more efficient shape to put into the circle for the maximum lighting with the fewest LEDs. The fact that it seems to show up upside down or right side up is probably the way the housing is manufactured. It wont even be visible at night. it doesn't mean that it has religious connotations, the star is just more efficient than a cross or even a 'plus'.

  • TJ Wilferd

    The busses around here have 2 rings of bulbs in the back lights, one inside the other. It can definitely be done quite efficiently without being a pentagram. I'm not saying the person that designed the lights was a satanist, pagan, or asshole who did that on purpose. All I'm saying is I get why she complained about it.

  • Eric

    I saw a bus like this occasionally on the way to work. I call it Beelzebus

  • Johnny Bigrig

    Why would they do that? They know someone's going to complain. Of course it's a pentragram. If it moderately looked like, but wasn't, a swastika, there'd be outraged parents in the streets 20 people deep. Why don't idiots think before they do this stuff? Probably because it was intentional, hoping to drive crazy church lady nuts.

  • captaindash

    I just google imaged "pentagram" and didn't find one example that looked like this. 100% of them are five lines that connect to 5 outer points that form a star-like shape. This is a star-like shape comprised of a bunch of little circles. That's a different thing. The satanic pentagram appears to be a very specific thing, and this is not that. Also, everybody who falls down with their legs up in the air wearing Chuck Taylors is also flashing a pentagram then? Every kid who draws a star in grade 6 is drawing a pentagram if one point happens to be facing down? There's a new point every 72 degrees so it's very likely one will be pointing down at any given time. This woman needs a new hobby.

  • Spice Devil

    Actually, the star shape is the more efficient shape to put into the circle for the maximum lighting with the fewest LEDs. The fact that it seems to show up upside down or right side up is probably the way the housing is manufactured. It wont even be visible at night.

  • Sebastien Michael Mansfield

    God and Satan are the same. WACKY WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

  • AniZaeger

    I'm guessing her "crusade" won't end until tax dollars (which EVERYBODY pays in one way or another) are spent making sure the lighting on the bus conforms to the standards of her own personal choice of religions.

  • Jessepo Gold

    She should be more concerned about taking pictures while driving.

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