Yes, the words are harsh. Using bigots to describe high school students doesn’t feel good, but that word is not as awful as watching young men crowding around and harassing a Native American man who was doing nothing more than inserting himself into a potential escalation of tempers between the kids and a group of Black Hebrew Israelites.
The elder being harassed by Covington Catholic High School students is Nathan Phillips, a Vietnam Vet and a keeper of a sacred pipe who holds an annual ceremony honoring Native American veterans in the Arlington National Cemetery. This man is a hero. There was absolutely no reason for these kids to behave the way they did. None. He fought for his country long before these little shits were a twinkle in their daddy’s eyes. What happened to teaching kids to respect their elders?
The behavior of these young boys is disgusting and reprehensible. The fact that they were donning their MAGA attire just makes the video that much more obscene. The boys were being harassed by a group of men when Nathan Philips turned his attention towards the boy as an act of peace and healing. He stepped into the situation hoping to deescalate. It was then that the boys surrounded him and some began chanting “Build that wall”. The audacity! The utter disrespect for an elder and the absolute repugnance of young men to behave like this while they were to be representing their Catholic school. But, this isn’t the first time that Covington Catholic High School has been in the news.
Jake Walter a former Covington Catholic High School basketball standout who once had a scholarship offer from Xavier University was recently arrested and charged with rape and sodomy. Allegedly he had been accused of rape several times in the past and his high school covered for him. Of note, Jake’s father is former Bengals player Joe Walter. It was also alleged that even though he had been charged as a juvenile for a sex crime, he was allowed to walk in his graduation ceremony.
Two other former students from CCHS stated that they were horribly bullied. One for coming out as gay and the other because he didn’t run with the cool kids clique. There have been others who are speaking out about the bullying culture at the school.
And then there was this:
This isn’t an isolated incident for this school. It appears as though there is a culture of racism, privilege and bigotry. No one was disciplined over the blackface incident. In fact, there are photos that go back to 2015 of students in blackface. Jake Walter was allegedly accused of multiple sexual assaults and nothing was ever done. He played basketball. You know…because tossing a ball is far more important than holding athletes responsible. These boys weren’t born with hate in their hearts. They weren’t born with prejudice. This is behavior that is learned at home and behavior that the school has obviously been overlooking – i.e. the blackface incident and harassment/bullying of other students. They are given a pass because of their privilege. When a bunch of white kids are chanting to an indigenous man “build the wall”, it is obvious that their idea of a wall isn’t about border security at all, but a monument to white supremacy. Where did they learn this from? Hmmm…. Trump often calls a Elizabeth Warren who claimed to have some Native American ancestry “Pocohontas”. I hate to get all political, but Trump is normalizing the intimidation of minority groups with his rhetoric and insults. They aren’t old enough to vote, yet have MAGA hats on which does nothing more than bring negative attention. They have shitty parents who didn’t teach them about respect or how their behavior could affect them for life. Their behavior towards Nathan Phillips is repugnant and they should all be punished.
The boy who was standing in the face of Nathan Phillips is a junior at CCHS. His mother is JulieWeis Sandmann. Not only should these boys apologize, but their parents need to make public statements about how their little ones turned into such shit weasels. Covington Catholic School has a responsibility to their community to address this and hold these young men responsible for their actions. Currently they are doing a piss poor job of bringing up decent young men.
Edit: This is an email allegedly from Julie Sandmann regarding her son’s behavior. As you can see, she immediately tosses “fake news”. No, ma’am…there was nothing fake about your disrespectful son and his friends taunting a Vietnam veteran. The apple surely does not fall far from the tree.
“Shame on you! Were you there? Did you hear the names the people where calling these boys? It was shameful. Did you witness the black Muslims yelling profanities and video taping trying to get something to futher (sic) your narrative of hatred?? Did you know that this “man” came up to this one boy and drummed in his face? Shame on you. Only reporting what you want. More fake news.”
When this reporter thanked her for the correspondence and explained that it would be reported on as part of the story, she demanded the emails be deleted.
“Delete my email. I want nothing to do with helping perpetuating (sic) your hate. I do not want to be a part of your story. You are ruining a boys life for fake news. Hate spreads like wildfire. I pray for you.”
Edited to add this father’s child experienced harassment while at the school.
These kids are just gross. Their behavior is gross.by