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Longer videos conflict previous versions of D.C. encounter between teens, protesters

2 years 9 months 6 days ago Saturday, January 19 2019 Jan 19, 2019 January 19, 2019 9:57 PM January 19, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: CNN

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -A Native American man says he was thinking about his deceased wife and the struggles faced by indigenous communities while he was being taunted by a group of high school students after a rally in Washington.
Nathan Phillips told The Washington Post that when a student stood in front of him Friday near the Lincoln Memorial, he decided to keep singing and drumming. Other students from Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Kentucky, surrounded them, laughing and shouting.
But Phillips kept beating his drum. He says he "felt like the spirit was talking through me."
School and church officials have apologized to Phillips, an Omaha elder and Vietnam veteran who had attended the Indigenous Peoples March. The march coincided with the annual March for Life, an anti-abortion rally attended by the students.
In a joint statement to the Cincinnati Enquirer , the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School apologized to Nathan Phillips, an Omaha elder and Vietnam veteran who attended the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington on Friday. The march coincided with the annual March for Life, an anti-abortion rally attended by some students at Covington Catholic High School in northern Kentucky.
Officials say the students' behavior is opposed to the church's teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person. Church officials say they are investigating and will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.

Though, the storyline changed a day or two later when additional, longer videos surfaced.  The first images tightly focused on the students wearing "Make America Great Again" hats and laughing derisively as an elderly Native American beat a drum. Longer videos showed the drummer intervened as a street preacher made racist statements with a megaphone.

President Donald Trump tweeted early Tuesday that the students at Kentucky's Covington Catholic High School "have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be" but says he hopes the teens will use the attention for good, and "maybe even to bring people together."

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