A UNC graduate student facing discipline from the school for throwing blood and ink on the now-toppled Silent Sam statue walked out of her hearing over a conservative judge on her sentencing panel who once defended Confederate Monuments.
The university’s Daily Tar Heel newspaper reported that student Maya Little walked out of the second day of her disciplinary hearing after the presiding officer refused to remove student adjudicator Frank Pray, a law student who previously led conservative groups on campus and who posted on social media comments defending Silent Sam.
BREAKING: A MEMBER OF THE HONOR COURT JUDGING MAYA LITTLE, FRANK PRAY, HAS PUBLICLY HARASSED HER AND OTHER UNC ACTIVISTS, and openly supports Silent Sam and white supremacy. This is not an impartial court. https://t.co/J9x1LuVrYs #AbolishHonorCourt pic.twitter.com/gtRgdaUiv6
— Take Action Chapel Hill (@takeactionch) October 25, 2018
“Defacing a memorial that is for North Carolinians who lost their lives defending our state, no matter who the attacking force was, is really wrong,” Pray told a local media station about a previous vandalism of the statue.
UNC Honor Court panelist Frank Pray is *not* impartial on the issue of Silent Sam, and should not be allowed to participate in the trial of student activist Maya Little.
Here’s some of what we found so far showing just how strong Frank Pray’s opinions on Silent Sam actually are: pic.twitter.com/27AM4CHX5KADVERTISEMENT
— Move Silent Sam (@Move_Silent_Sam) October 25, 2018
Presiding officer Amelia Ahern, the Daily Tar Heel noted, insisted Pray could remain impartial and sit on the panel because he did not specifically comment about Little’s vandalism of the statue.
In response, the student who threw the blood and ink on the statue during a protest held before its impromptu topping earlier this year said she was sure the adjudicator could not be impartial.
“I am going to walk out,” Little said.
BREAKING: At the second day of Maya Little’s honor court trial for pouring blood and paint on Silent Sam, Maya Little walks out after the court announces that they will not remove Frank Pray from the panel. pic.twitter.com/arvZJW8mbGADVERTISEMENT
— Amy Cockerham (@amymcockerham) October 26, 2018
In a statement given after walking out, Little explained her decision to walk out.
“I was not informed of who was chosen to be on the panel to determine whether I can continue my studies until 4 pm yesterday when the panelists walked into the hearing after me,” she read from a prepared statement.
She went on to say that fellow students learned “within a few minutes of research” that Pray “has been a vocal and active supporter of Confederate monuments.” Little also claimed the adjudicator “publicly harassed” one of her witnesses, a professor Pray called “a disgrace.”
Maya Little gives a statement in the hallway after she walks out of her honor court trial pic.twitter.com/TY0JluEajsADVERTISEMENT
— Amy Cockerham (@amymcockerham) October 26, 2018
Hours after Little left the hearing, the honor court gave them a letter of warning and 18 hours of community service, Raleigh News & Observer education reporter Jane Stancill tweeted. The reporter also noted that the grad student will not be required to pay restitution.
— Jane Stancill (@janestancill) October 26, 2018
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