Back in the day, interrupting church service only got you a slap on the hand from grandma — but these days, it’s a criminal charge.
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According to the Brampton Guardian, a Canadian teen now faces three criminal charges after blasting XXXTentacion’s music during a church service in Brampton, Ontario. Authorities say during mass service on August 9, at St. Eugene Mazenod Church, a 16-year-old walked up to the altar and held his cellphone to the microphone, playing X’s profanity-laced track “Look at Me!” through the church’s PA system. Reports say that the congregation was terrified. One member even said he considered the act a religious hate crime.
After shocking the church with his stunt, the teen was apprehended by three church members and was held until authorities arrived. Parishioner Peter Maka told reporters, “This event is unprecedented and has shook our community.”
The unidentified teen is now facing charges of mischief to religious property, disturbing a religious service, and breach of recognizance. Do you think criminal charges are appropriate for playing music in church?
20 Pictures That Show The Powerful Resilience Of Charleston’s Mother Emanuel AME Church
1. Mother Emanuel AME Church held its first service since the shooting death of nine African-American church members on June 17.Source: 1 of 19
2. People line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source: 2 of 19
3. Two children wait to enter the Emanuel AME Church June 21, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.Source: 3 of 19
4. A member of the church is seen outside of Emanuel AME before its first service since the Charleston shooting.Source: 4 of 19
5. A Charleston County sheriff’s deputy checks bags as people line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source: 5 of 19
6. Gloria Moore watches the church as parishioners take their seats at the Emanuel AME Church.Source: 6 of 19
7. A woman prays as she attends the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church.Source: 7 of 19
8. People pray and listen to the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Source: 8 of 19
9. Parishioners sit at Emanuel AME Church four days after a mass shooting that claimed the lives of its pastor and eight others.Source: 9 of 19
10. The Rev. Norvel Goff, right, prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.Source: 10 of 19
11. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., embraces U.S. Sen Tim Scott, R-S.C., at Emanuel AME Church.Source: 11 of 19
12. A parishioner prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the Emanuel AME Church.Source: 12 of 19
13. A family is seen leaving Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source: 13 of 19
14. People embrace as they depart the Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source: 14 of 19
15. Church members comfort one another after Emanuel’s first service since the Charleston shooting.Source: 15 of 19
16. Church members comfort one another outside of Emanuel.Source: 16 of 19
17. A mother and son surround a memorial for the nine church members killed during the Charleston shooting.Source: 17 of 19
18. Charleston natives comfort each other during the church’s first service since the shooting on June 17.Source: 18 of 19
19. Activist DeRay McKesson is seen outside of Emanuel AME church.Source: 19 of 19
Teen Charged For Interrupting Church With XXXTentacion’s Music was originally published on globalgrind.com