Honor court sanctions UNC student who threw blood, ink on ‘Silent Sam’ statue

Orange County News

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student who faced possible expulsion after the defacement of a Confederate monument was instead sentenced to community service by a school honor court Friday.

Maya Little walked out during her court hearing at the university Friday. She also parted ways with her defense attorney. 

Little’s honor court hearing comes after she was accused of pouring blood and red paint on “Silent Sam,” a Confederate statue on the UNC campus, back in April. 

A UNC Honor Court determines whether a punishment is needed for a student’s actions.

Little asked for a member of the court to be removed Friday because she believes he supports the Confederate statue.

When the court did not grant her wish, Little walked out. 

Little could have been expelled from the university.

The court was deliberating Friday night and later Little was found responsible for damage to the “Silent Sam” statue.

The honor court ruled that she should perform community service which must be completed within three months. She was also issued a written warning letter.

On Oct. 15 Little, a Ph.D. candidate in history at UNC, was found guilty of vandalism in the incident.

The judge continued judgment and waived costs and fines.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report

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