Naked Chanters Arrested at Upper Darby High School

Mom and her three kids all stripped down in front of the high school, according to police superintendent, Mike Chitwood

By Karen Araiza
|  Friday, Mar 16, 2012  |  Updated 6:20 PM EDT
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A mother and three of her children stripped down and began chanting in front of Upper Darby High School on Friday, according to police superintendent Mike Chitwood. All four were arrested and face open lewdness charges and the mother faces a charge of corrupting a minor. NBC10's Doug Shimell talks to students about what they saw.

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A mother and three of her children stripped down and began chanting in front of Upper Darby High School on Friday, according to police superintendent Mike Chitwood. All four were arrested and face open lewdness charges and the mother faces a charge of corrupting a minor. NBC10's Doug Shimell talks to students about what they saw.

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Naked Family Arrested at High School

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Mike Chitwood explains what happened before the arrest of a mother and three of her children who are accused of taking all their clothes off and performing religious chants in front of Upper Darby High School.
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Four naked chanters were arrested at Upper Darby High School on Friday, according to police superintendent Mike Chitwood.

The mother, 44, came to the school with two of her adult children -- both in their 20s -- and a third child, who is 14.  Chitwood said the family came to the school three times. The first time they asked for a student to be released from school and were told to leave. They returned, started chanted and were told to leave again.

When they came back the third time, all four stripped down and ran around chanting, according to Chitwood.

When police arrived, they found the family inside the van.

"They're all naked in the van. All their clothing are in a parking spot in the lot of the high school," Chitwood said.

They were chanting religious phrases inside the van and had their arms locked, Chitwood said. The family is from the Germantown neighborhood in Philadelphia.

"We still have not found out why they chose Upper Darby high school to do their praises to Jesus and run around naked in the parking lot," Chitwood said.

All four face open lewdness charges and the mother faces a charge of corrupting a minor.

Chitwood says the four have no affiliation with the school but they did cause quite a commotion because this all happened while school was still in session.


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