One year after she won a case acknowledging her first amendment right to display a middle finger in Christmas lights on the roof of her home, a Denham Springs woman has brought back the display this year as part of an ongoing feud with a neighbor.
Resident Sarah Childs claims she is continuously harassed by neighbor, Kayla Weldon, so she put the display up rather than partaking in other forms of conflict. “You know lots of people just resort to violence,” says Childs. “Look at road rage, people flip each other off all the time. I really don’t see what the big deal is.”
Last year marked her first visual display of the Christmas “bird” and it sparked national media attention when law enforcement officials forced Childs to remove the lights, but later the ACLU stepped in and sued the city causing Denham Springs to eventually drop the matter.
Weldon says the display has angered and offended every single person in their neighborhood and claims that Childs is doing it solely for attention.
“She’s crazy! She thinks she’s going to get famous from all of this crap,” Weldon said.
Childs’ refutes the accusation by saying the illuminated middle finger is an appropriate form of expression given the intensity of the feud. “I’m not doing this for publicity,” says Childs. “What other way do I have to express my angst? People have feelings and emotions. And she’s still slandering me all over Facebook.”
To add insult to her injury, Weldon says Childs doesn’t live in the home anymore: “And she’s putting another finger on the roof? Are you serious? She’s only coming over here to antagonize me and bring up old s#*^. She just wants attention. That’s all this is about.”
But Childs says she stills owns 50 percent of the house has no plans of taking the display down. Although, an earlier middle finger display was allegedly cut down and destroyed according to Childs. Guess who she thinks did it.
“She can accuse me of getting up there and cutting her lights down all she wants but that’s definitely not the case. I didn’t climb my ass on no roof and cut her lights down,” Weldon said. “There are plenty of other people in the neighborhood who can’t stand it.”
By now you’re probably wondering what sparked the original feud. Weldon says Childs accused her of stealing her dog. Shockingly Weldon says she didn’t. Childs says she did too. Weldon says did not. Childs says did too. Weldons says did not.