Ohio Church Apologizes for Easter Lesson Where Kids Spat on and Hit Pastor

A Pataskala, Ohio, church has posted an apology video after students attending a youth gathering there put up videos of children slapping, spitting and cutting a pastor.

The incident took place Monday night at an “after school hangout” at Impact City Church, where high and middle school students spend time doing such things as listening to a short gospel message, lead pastor Justin Ross said.

Ross said in the video on the church’s Facebook page that it was meant to help students learn about Easter and the crucifixion. While at the gathering, Ross said he did not lead it. Associate pastor Jaddeus Dempsey, 37, did, he said. Dempsey sat next to Ross in the apology video.

″(Jaddeus) chose to use an illustration to explain a very important topic about the crucifixion but the illustration went too far and it was inappropriate,” Ross said.

Dempsey told students that anyone who wanted to spit in his face, slap him or cut him with a steak knife that he had provided could do so without repercussions, Ross said. Several students took him up on the offer, with many of the youths recording their actions on their cellphones. Ross said many of the students were “excited” to spit on Dempsey and one cut him on the neck.

Many people who viewed the students’ videos on social media sites weren’t as enthusiastic.

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Source: Akron Beacon Journal / Ohio.com