Covington Catholic Students, Native American Drummer in Incident that Trends Nationally
As of Monday, January 21, 2019, this story from D.C. has evolved and changed dramatically. The full story, at this point, can be found here.
This story has been updated.
Covington Catholic High School and the Diocese of Covington released this statement on Saturday afternoon:
"We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general, Jan. 18, after the March for Life, in Washington, D.C. We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips. This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.
The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.
We know this incident also has tainted the entire witness of the March for Life and express our most sincere apologies to all those who attended the March and all those who support the pro-life movement."
New Story: Video shows racially-charged encounter between adult protesters and a black Covington Catholic student. One parent says the video sheds light on what happened immediately prior to the incident involving Nathan Phillips. Read it here.
Covington Mayor Joe Meyer released an op-ed condemning the videos and arguing that Covington is welcoming and that bigotry won't be tolerated. Read it here.
Multiple videos being shared extensively on social media appear to show students from Covington Catholic High School surrounding a Native American participant in the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C. on Friday. The event happened at the same time as the National March for Life, an anti-abortion gathering in D.C., which was attended by Cov Cath students.
Another video published to Twitter from a wider angle shows Covington Catholic students possibly shouting school chants when approached by a Native American playing a drum.
The Native American, later identified as Nathan Philips, spoke after the incident and said that the students were chanting in favor of building a wall, a reference to President Trump's signature campaign pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
A request for comment from a spokesperson at Covington Catholic has not yet been returned. The school removed its Facebook page and made its Twitter profile private after social media users identified the students as being from Cov Cath.
A spokesperson for the Diocese of Covington said that the Diocese "regrets" the incident and is looking into it.
In one video, one student appears to stand very close to a Native American participant playing a drum as other students stand nearby shouting, chanting, and jumping around.
Many of the students in the video appear to be wearing Covington Catholic apparel, while others are wearing clothing or hats in support of President Donald Trump.
Here is one of the videos posted to Facebook:
This MAGA loser gleefully bothering a Native American protestor at the Indigenous Peoples March. pic.twitter.com/jIb5K68vIs
— Talia (@2020fight) January 19, 2019
It’s even worse when you see the full mob effect. pic.twitter.com/Oe7Zn5srOB
— Lulu Says (@lulu_says2) January 19, 2019
Here is video reaction from Nathan Philips:
The Native American elder who was taunted, Nathan Philips of the Omaha Nation, talks about what happened through tears. He is a Vietnam vet.
Hurting each other like this does not make America great.
— laney (@misslaneym) January 19, 2019
I screen recorded this from another tweet to get this video out. While we were doing our school fight song this man approached us. I’m putting this out to deny the claims that anyone from Covington Catholic “mobbed” a peaceful protester pic.twitter.com/oT1v60CRU7
— Eric Curk (@ericcurk) January 19, 2019
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