Maya Little, the grad student who infamously defaced Silent Sam with red paint back in April, finally received sanctions from the Honor Court on Friday.
Already having been convicted by the Orange County court system of defacing a public monument, Little received 18 hours of community service as punishment from the University.
The day before the sanctions were issued, Little’s defense raised an issue over pro-Silent Sam comments made by one of the adjudicators, Frank Pray. Pray’s impartiality was discussed until the court’s recess Thursday; he remained on the panel when the trial resumed on Friday. Little walked out and her lawyer waived any additional defense or evidence for her case. Ultimately, Little was sentenced with a slap on the wrist.
Let me start off by saying that I don’t support Little. I especially don’t support the often hysterical crowd of admirers that follow her around from quad-rally to court date. These people are the reason I swung to the right when I decided to immerse myself in campus life at UNC. I found, with undeniable clarity, that the students and faculty that make up this cavalcade of clowns can’t step outside themselves to see how nasty, pettish and immature they seem to an outside observer. As you might have guessed, I don’t support the anti-Silent Sam movement.
All that being said, I saw at her last court date that Little is something I never thought I’d say before: she’s right — at least in regards to her treatment by the Honor Court.