Courts & Crime

Pastor arrested for picketing high school's devil mascot

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — A pastor who wants to get rid of the devil mascot at Warner Robins High School was arrested picketing in front of the school on the first day of school Monday.

Donald Crosby, pastor of Kingdom Builders Church of Christ, was charged with disorderly conduct and picketing without a permit, both misdemeanors, after he refused to comply with officers' requests to leave, said Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for Warner Robins police.

Crosby, 36, was free on $650 bond, she said.

Officers were dispatched to the school at 401 S. Davis Drive shortly after 7 a.m. in reference to the picketing, according to a Warner Robins police news release.

Pugh said Crosby was among a group of about 30 people picketing the use of Demons as the school's mascot.

The group did not have a permit to picket, which is required by city ordinance, Pugh said. Crosby was told this, officers offered to help him with the process of obtaining a permit but Crosby declined and would not leave, Pugh said. Crosby was arrested and the rest of the group disbanded without incident.

Crosby has been collecting petitions to have the mascot removed because he says it sends the wrong message to teens. A counter petition to save the mascot was started.

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