Earlier this evening, a mob of radical students fastened a rope to the "Silent Sam" memorial on the grounds of the campus of the University of North Carolina and toppled him from the base, smashing him to the brick pavers below. Once he was on the ground, they then took hammers and began to chisel away at the statue itself. All of this was in clear view of law enforcement, who were standing nearby. Sources on the ground tell us that when they were asked why they did nothing to prevent this violence, they were told they had been ordered to stand down.
This memorial was placed to honor the memory of the UNC students who left school to defend their country and served the Confederacy in the War Between the States. That these criminals were allowed to openly destroy a war memorial is beyond disgraceful and if these folks are not punished and Silent Sam is not restored immediately, this could embolden others to do the same in other localities.