North Carolina woman arrested at Confederate flag pole at SC Statehouse

Melissa High

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Authorities say a North Carolina woman has been arrested after she climbed over the short fence that surrounds the pole where the Confederate flag flies at the South Carolina Statehouse.

The Bureau of Protective Services said officers first spoke to 45-year-old Melissa High around 11:55 p.m. Friday when she tried to tape a poster to the fence. They told her she couldn’t do that, and she then climbed over the fence and was arrested.

Authorities say officers found a knife in her bag, and High was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon on capitol grounds and defacing a monument.

Officials say High also was carrying a poster with Biblical scriptures.

High lives in Whitsett, North Carolina. She remained in jail Saturday afternoon. It wasn’t known if she had a lawyer.