The bishop of the Covington Diocese at Kentucky Consenting Friday to the teenager in the center of a controversy Within the Behaviour of Catholic high school students toward a Native American elder in Washington.
In a letter to parents, the Most Rev. Roger Foys said the diocese was too quick to condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School pupils, especially those of Nicholas Sandmann, the boy who had been viewed video facing off with Native American Nathan Phillips as he played the song”American Indian Movement” near the Lincoln Museum.
“I especially apologize to Nicholas Sandmann and his family, as well as to allCovCath families who have felt abandoned during this ordeal.”
They had been on a school excursion to participate in the March for Life, an anti-abortion event.
Many of the students were wearing MAGA hats and clothes.
Phillips stated some chanted “Build the wall” with regard to President DonaldTrump’s vow to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border.
A first video shared on social websites seemed to reveal Phillips and a few other Native Americans surrounded by teenagers who appeared if they were taunting and chanting at the troupe.
“Nicholas, unfortunately, has become the face of these allegations based on video clips,” the bishop wrote.
Snow covers the grounds of Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Kentucky, last Sunday.
Foys said students along with other connected to Covington have suffered hatred and death threats in the wake of the episode.
Right after the standoff, a spokeswoman for the diocese issued a statement that criticized the students’ behavior.
“We condemn the activities of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general, Jan. 18, after the March for Life, in Washington, D.C.,” that the diocese’s statement said.
“We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips. This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings about the dignity and respect of the human person.”
Sandmann’s family hired a public relations firm to assist him to navigate media attention.
The two Sandmann and Phillips said they felt threatened.
Phillips, also appearing on “Today” separately, stated, “Although I am angry, I still have that forgiveness in my heart for those students.”
Many Americans came to the defense of these teenagers after further video from that the confrontations revealed that the students were verbally attacked by a group of Hebrew Israelites.
The video revealed, Phillips approached and began performing the song.