Woman says fake Obama tombstone is disrespectful
EDMOND, Okla. - An Edmond woman said her neighbors are taking Halloween too far.
Jamilla Phillips said she couldn't believe her eyes when she saw President Barack Obama's name on one of the fake Halloween tombstones across the street.
"I was absolutely offended," Phillips said.
The Dockens family members said they have put the tombstone up in their yard for the last three years and haven't had a complaint before.
Phillips recently moved into the neighborhood, and said she felt like she had to speak up.
"He is the president of the United States and it actually is about respect," Phillips said. "It's a total respect thing because this person is still alive."
Dwayne Dockens claims the marker is harmless.
"[My family and I] made them a few years ago back when it was a big deal, questions up about [Obama's] birth certificate," Dockens said. "And we made all these ourselves so just thought it was kind of humorous and, you know, went ahead and put him in there as well."
Dockens said he is sorry some people took it the wrong way, but said all his decorations will stay.
"I certainly didn't mean to offend anybody or cause any problems. Don't know that I would take it down," he said.
Dockens said making the decorations together always brings his family closer.
Phillips said she is worried about the message the tombstone sends to children.