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A Week After Silent Sam's Fall, UNC Holding Special Meetings

UNC Chancellor Carol Folt says the statue known as "Silent Sam" has been divisive but tearing it down isn't the solution.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The trustees of North Carolina's flagship university have begun a private meeting to discuss the aftermath of a protest that resulted in the toppling of a century-old Confederate statue on campus.

University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt addressed her trustee board publicly on Tuesday before they went into closed session. She says the statue known as "Silent Sam" has been divisive but tearing it down wasn't the solution.

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An agenda for the meeting says the trustees will receive a briefing on the criminal investigation, future public safety plans and legal options for the statue, which is now in temporary storage. The board of governors that oversees the statewide university system is having a special legal briefing later in the morning.

A week ago, protesters used ropes to pull down the statue during a demonstration attended by hundreds.

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The UNC system's Board of Governors is receiving a legal briefing, according to a public agenda that doesn't offer further details.

A UNC spokeswoman declined to provide further information.

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