N.C. col­lege could be sued over Con­fed­er­ate statue

The Welland Tribune - - NATIONAL -

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A New York-based law firm rep­re­sent­ing 12 stu­dents and a pro­fes­sor at North Carolina’s flag­ship pub­lic univer­sity is press­ing the school to re­move a Con­fed­er­ate sol­dier statue.

An at­tor­ney wrote to Univer­sity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill of­fi­cials con­tend­ing the 1913 statue nick­named “Silent Sam” vi­o­lates fed­eral anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion laws.

The warn­ing comes from a lawyer on be­half of the stu­dents, the pro­fes­sor and the Black Law Stu­dents As­so­ci­a­tion. The school’s top at­tor­ney and cam­pus spokes­men did not re­spond to ques­tions seek­ing com­ment. Chan­cel­lor Carol Folt has said the school lacks the le­gal au­thor­ity to act be­cause of a 2015 state law that pre­vents re­mov­ing or al­ter­ing a pub­lic mon­u­ment.

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