After the controversy surrounding high school student Nick Sandmann, who was accused of attacking a group of Native American men at March for Life, his school has been receiving death threats.
The school, Covington Catholic High School, is closed after the death threats. The Kentucky school released a statement, saying they had canceled classes Tuesday to keep their students safe.
“After meeting with local authorities, we have made the decision to cancel school and be closed on Tuesday, January 22, in order to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” Robert Rowe, the school’s principal, wrote in an email to parents and employees. “All activities on campus will be cancelled for the entire day and evening. Students, parents, faculty and staff are not to be on campus for any reason. Please continue to keep the Covington Catholic Community in your prayers.”
According to Fox 19, the school already had additional security following threats of violence issued against the school and its students since the weekend. The American Indian Movement Chapter of Indiana and Kentucky are scheduled to protest at the Diocese of Covington at 10:00 a.m. local time.
Initial video of a confrontation between Covington Catholic High School junior Nick Sandmann and Native American activist Nathan Phillips seemed to show Sandman harassing Phillips. Sandmann is seen grinning in a red Make America Great Again hat while simply standing in front of Phillips, an elder with the Omaha tribe. Several students could be seen laughing and making hand gestures believed to be mocking Phillips.
Yet, subsequent videos show that the students were not only approached by Philips first. Instead, they were verbally accosted by a religious group, Black Hebrew Israelites, which have been labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. Nick Sandmann was attempting to defuse the situation.
In a pair of tweets, President Trump defended the students. He said they had been unfairly treated by the media.
“Looking like Nick Sandman & Covington Catholic students were treated unfairly with early judgements proving out to be false – smeared by media. Not good, but making big comeback!” the president tweeted.
He added, “Nick Sandmann and the students of Covington have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be. They have captivated the attention of the world, and I know they will use it for the good – maybe even to bring people together. It started off unpleasant, but can end in a dream!” he added.
Please join us in praying for the high school. They need God's protection in this dangerous time.