KY Catholic High School Plans to Investigate After MAGA Hat Wearing Students Taunt Native American Elder
The Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School have issued a joint statement promising to launch an investigation after video of their high schoolers wearing MAGA hats and taunting a Native American elder went viral.
The students were in Washington to attend the March for Life.
Nathan Phillips, a member of the Omaha nation and veteran who was attending the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington D.C. on the same day, was surrounded by the teens. At one point in the video that quickly spread on social media and sparked outrage, one youth is seen staring him down. According to Phillips, the teens also chanted, “Build that wall!”
He also recounted what happened to the Washington Post.
“It was getting ugly, and I was thinking: ‘I’ve got to find myself an exit out of this situation and finish my song at the Lincoln Memorial,’” Phillips recalled, according to WaPo. “I started going that way, and that guy in the hat stood in my way and we were at an impasse. He just blocked my way and wouldn’t allow me to retreat.”
He then said unable to get away he just kept drumming and thinking of his wife, Soshana, who died on bone marrow cancer.
Nathan Philips of the Omaha Nation speaking on what happened from @/ka_ya11 IG. pic.twitter.com/XBf1kTf8a5
— Unceded Clothing (@UncededClothing) January 19, 2019
In response to the incident, the school and the Diocese issued a joint statement calling the behavior “opposed” to the teaching of the Church “and the respect of the human person.”
The Diocese and high school also claimed the actions of the teens tainted the “witness” of the March for Life and offered “our most sincere apologies” to all those that attended the March.
The statement also apologized to Mr. Phillips specifically.
An investigation is also planned.
Extended statement from the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School. pic.twitter.com/mqF0D7thYT
— Bob Strickley (@rjstrickleyjr) January 19, 2019
Correction: A previous version of this story described Phillips as a Vietnam War veteran. Phillips, reportedly, was not deployed to Vietnam, but served in the Marines.
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