CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- A protester at UNC's Silent Sam statue has been arrested after reportedly putting red ink along with her own blood on the monument.

  • Protester claims she defaced Silent Sam statue with her own blood
  • Protester is a UNC graduate student
  • Police arrested the protester following the incident

That's according to a video shared on social media. It shows the protester, Maya Little, in the act and then being approached by a police officer.

Little, a UNC graduate student, says she did it because the school hasn't taken down the statue that honors students and alumni who fought in the Confederate Army. 

She said acts like this will continue until the school takes down the statue. 

The Confederate statue on UNC's campus has been the source of recent controversy with protesters looking for it to be removed.

UNC Media Relations released the following statement on the incident:

"Shortly after 2 p.m. today (Mon., April 30), a woman from among a small group in McCorkle Place poured red paint on the Confederate Monument. A UNC Police officer took the individual, who will be charged with vandalism, into custody. UNC Facilities Services removed the paint from the monument."

At last check, Little was out of custody.

She will appear in court May 7 on defacement charges.