Dex Brekfast, a friend of Little, said that Little cut her hand and bloodied Silent Sam before pouring red paint over it.
"I think the University needs to see how this statue and white supremacy has impacted their students, to the point where they have physically hurt themselves," Brekfast said. "That should be the highlight of what happened here."
A prepared statement from Little was provided to the DTH by UNC Ph.D. student Samee Siddiqui.
Jen Standish, a UNC Ph.D. student, said Little will be bailed out of jail by the Durham Solidarity Center if bail is posted. Little is still being processed at the Orange County Magistrate's Office in Hillsborough.
UNC Media Relations Manager Randy Young said that UNC Police arrested the individual responsible for the painting of the statue and that they will be charged with vandalism.
The Workers Union at UNC published a statement at 4:32 p.m. on Monday in support of Little. The statement said that while the Workers Union cannot endorse the act of nonviolent protest carried out by Little, they do condemn any legal or academic repercussions placed on Little by the University or by law enforcement.
"In addition," the statement continues, "we demand that the university administration not task its maintenance, housekeepers, facilities, or any other campus employees to clean up the statue: the responsibility of the statue lies with Chancellor Folt."
State & National Desk Editor Ana Irizarry contributed reporting to this article.
This is a developing story and will be updated as we get more information.
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