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Teens facing expulsion for taunting Native American man

Teens facing expulsion for taunting Native American man

The students, Phillips said, were upset at the speeches being given by the Black Israelites, and more than 100 assembled at one point and "were in the process of attacking these four black individuals", he said. One student got close to him, a creepy smile frozen on his face, trying for a full minute to get Phillips to break his chant.

According to Yahoo, the boy's mother said Black Muslims had been harassing the schoolboys who attend a private, all-male Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky. Others wore clothing with references to the March for Life, an anti-abortion event convened on Friday (Jan. 19) that the students attended.

Mr. Phillips was reportedly participating in a separate event, the Indigenous Peoples' March.

In a letter posted on Twitter by a priest named Fr. Jim Sichko, the unnamed student said that his friend who came face to face with Philips as Philips stood singing and beating his drum, now faces expulsion for 'a crime he didn't commit'. "I did not do that, do not have hateful feelings in my heart and did not witness any of my classmates doing that". He holds an annual ceremony in the Arlington National Cemetery honoring fallen Native American soldiers, and he told Indian Country Today that he was harassed upon returning to the USA after the war as well.

People tried to identify the young man who was the focus of the videos, but a name that was circulated online early Saturday afternoon was incorrect.

State Rep. Ruth Buffalo, a North Dakota state lawmaker and member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, said she was saddened to see students showing disrespect to an elder who is also a US military veteran at what was supposed to be a celebration of all cultures.

So, he kept drumming and singing, thinking about his wife, Soshana, who died from bone marrow cancer almost four years ago, and the various threats that face indigenous communities around the world, he said.

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The student in a red MAGA hat at the centre of the video, Nick Sandmann, later released a statement published by CNN in an attempt to explain what happened.

The man singing is said to be Nathan Phillips, an Omaha elder who is also a Vietnam Veteran and former director of the Native Youth Alliance.

The tale has unfolded rapidly, thanks to the original viral video and the impact of social media.

"Conservative people are fearful now", he said, referencing the recent elections of the first two Native American women to serve in Congress, Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids.

In some of the videos, a number of the teens surrounding the participants from the indigenous march seem to mock them with wild gestures, dances, smirks and yells. "It's unfortunate that it had to end this way but it's emblematic of, I think, where we're at in terms of race relations in this country".

In an e-mail written to a reporter at Heavy.com, the mother said: "Shame on you! This behavior is opposed to the Church's teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person", the officials said.

The Catholic high school and the Diocese of Covington have apologized in a statement and promised action, including the possibility of expelling students. In response, the boys chanted "build the wall, build the wall", a phrase that has become a catch-all for Trump supporters' dislike of darker-skinned or culturally different Americans.


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