A woman in Moore County, North Carolina, has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and removing three lawfully placed political signs after she was seen last month removing signs against a Amendment One in North Carolina.
Heidi Thompson, 44, of West End, was arrested Wednesday, after a motorist reported seeing a woman and her daughter pulling up the signs April 18 on Morganton Road in front of the Country Club of North Carolina.
Thompson said Thursday that she was driving home after picking up her 13-year-old daughter from school and removed them after signs supporting the marriage measure had disappeared from her yard at least two dozen times.
“I didn’t feel like I was stealing signs at the time,” she said. “I just looked at it as picking up trash along the side of the road.”
“I know it’s making me look like a bad parent, but we’ve taught that it’s not right for men to be married to men and women to be married to women, so we stopped and picked them up,” Thompson said. “Had I known it would be such a political issue, I wouldn’t have done it.”
Pinehurst Police Chief Earl Phipps said the delinquency of a minor charge was the result of Thompson’s daughter, who was not charged, removing signs at the direction of her mother.