A mother from the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia gave new meaning to doing anything for her child.
On March 16, Sara Butler, 44, and three of her children went to Upper Darby High School four times to have a fourth child dismissed early.
Upon being rebuffed by school officials, Sara and her three children stripped down outside of the school. The group protested by singing religious hymns and praying–all in front of students.
Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood described the scene, “They disrobed between parked cars and were running around chanting prayers to Jesus. They were running around the lot for five to 10 minutes. When police got there, they were in a van and locked their arms in defiant protest. They were chanting ‘Jesus is Lord.’”
After being arrested, Sara and her 21-year-old daughter, Bessie, continued their protest by refusing to wear clothing for court. ABC Action News Philadelphia reports that the pair has been ordered to undergo psychological evaluation.
Officials denied Butler’s dismissal request due to custody issues. Currently, Butler does not have parental rights for the Upper Darby student.
Dana Spino, the school district’s Public Information Coordinator detailed School Principal Chris Dormer’s actions to The Delaware County Daily News: “The woman provided her identification and requested a 12th grader be released from school. Chris (Dormer) checked the student’s record and did not release the boy. School security removed them at that time. They willfully left the grounds and returned multiple times. The fourth time is when they disrobed. They never had any contact with any student and never made it past the front lobby.”
Three of the nude protesters were adults. One was a teenager. The protesters are being arraigned on a number of charges including indecent exposure, disorderly conduct, open lewdness and corruption of minors. The 14-year-old boy has been placed in protective custody. It is unclear whether he will be charged.