This is not the first time at BadJocks that we’ve seen mascots attacked, although usually it’s done physically, and by someone who”s drunk. In fact, we have seen parents attack a school’s mascot: the last time they were The Devils and this time they are The Demons. But this time someone was willing to go so far as to get arrested for his belief.
A pastor who wants to get rid of the Demons mascot at Warner Robins High was arrested while picketing in front of the school on the first day of school Monday. Donald Crosby, pastor of God’s Kingdom Builders Church of Jesus Christ in Macon, 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. 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 against the school’s use of Demons as its mascot. The group did not have a permit to picket, which is required by city ordinance, Pugh said. Crosby was told this, and 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 said he plans to contest the charges when his case goes to Warner Robins Municipal Court in October. “I didn’t know you had to get permission to voice your opinion,” Crosby said. Crosby said officers did not initially make it clear to him why the group could not picket peacefully. Crosby said he was handcuffed aggressively and tightly, held for 30 to 45 minutes before he was told what he was being charged with, and that he was never read his rights.