For at least the second time, magical elements have been called into service to rid a Fayette County School bus of evil spirits.
A circle of salt, smashed strawberries, and feathers from some unfortunate (or is it heroic?) bird were essential elements in a cleansing ceremony performed by one FCPS driver on Thursday. The ceremony, which is said to be religious, was apparently well-intended; to keep the children safe through the elimination of unspecified evil spirits. One assumes the driver's involved were not thinking of the children themselves.
Still it is unclear how well Fayette County parents will accept this particular faith-based initiative.
According to The Only Wiccan Spell Book You'll Ever Need, at page 74 (ahem), it is the
Wiccans' modern awareness of the pathological problems associated with the use of actual blood that has led Wiccans to substitute strawberries or passion fruit in today's spell recipes.
School officials told H-L they are handling the matter administratively. I wonder what that means.
This from WLEX:
School officials are looking into some strange happenings at a Fayette County bus garage Thursday after one witness found the leftovers of what she calls a voodoo ceremony. Some call it a joke, others say it's nothing to laugh about.
The ceremony happened at the bus garage on Old Frankfort Pike, and it had many people who saw it doing a double take. Photos sent to LEX 18 show what was left afterward, including feathers tied to the bus door, and another picture of a red-colored mess on the ground near the bus that's said to be a pile of mashed up strawberries, apparently one of the elements used in the ceremony.
A spokesperson for Fayette County says a bus driver who is a member of the Wiccan faith was asked by another bus driver to cleanse his bus of "evil spirits." The so-called cleansing ceremony took place after all the routes were over and no students were involved.
School officials say when they found out, they cleaned up the material and are handling the incident administratively.Is there really a policy to turn to for such an occurrence? KSN&C has been told the driver has been "talked to" about this before. Assuming that talk included a request that the individual refrain from eliminating evil in this particular manner, what's next? One supposes this to be a matter of deliberate.....faith....so maybe a really stern talking to is in order.
I suppose an insubordination charge might hold up, assuming the district can legally request the driver to stop getting salt on the ground; and do so without alarming the maintenance department's road crews. But district officials have until next winter to worry about that.
Alternatively, the driver might be employed by the district to make salt circles around the Director's office. Weave a circle 'round him thrice....
A friend, FCPS employee, and KSN&C reader asked, "Can things get any worse at FCPS Transportation?"
Perhaps we will soon be able to quit worrying. Apparently, higher powers are being called upon...by someone...to do something.