Teens facing expulsion for taunting Native American man

Teens facing expulsion for taunting Native American man

A Trump-supporting teenager who was seen in an apparent confrontation with a Native American man at the Lincoln Memorial has insisted that he acted with no aggression, and was shocked by the encounter.

NPR described the incident as "Video Of Kentucky Students Mocking Native American Man Draws Outcry" in a headline that has yet to be updated.

What do we know happened?

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"You are now hearing the other side of this story", Sidner said.

Friday's Indigenous People's March took place on the same day as the pro-life rally March For Life, and Covington Catholic's website shows that students and faculty attended the rally.

The student in the viral video - who was wearing a pro-Donald Trump "Make America Great Again" hat - has identified himself in an emailed statement as Nick Sandmann.

What did the footage show?

Frejo said that he feared the mob mentality could turn ugly, but briefly felt a calm fall over the group.

Phillip reportedly began beating a drum and singing as a way to ease tensions and can be seen approaching the groups.

How did the controversy break out?

One of the teenagers with a smirk on his face stood in front of the drummer as his classmates cheered him on.

The video, posted to YouTube by user KC Noland, also went viral on Twitter.

In a joint statement to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School apologized to Phillips.

"It was quickly squashed when more and more boys from the March for Life showed up at the Lincoln Memorial".

In the video below Phillips responds to the harassment.

But Sandmann, whose statement was tweeted by CNN anchor Jake Tapper late on Sunday, insisted the video was misinterpreted, leading to "outright lies being spread about my family and me".

He also mentions a group of African American protesters, saying they shouted slurs such as "f****ts", "bigots", "racists, ' and 'incest kids" at the schoolboys.

A crowd of the high schoolers grows around the men, and numerous students chant and gesture together. Amid the threats, the student said he harbored "no ill will" for the Vietnam War veteran, but moved to direct some of the responsibility for the situation on Phillips. "He just blocked my way and wouldn't allow me to retreat".

The student wrote: "He locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face".

However this isn't the first time Phillips has faced blatant racism and ignorance. To be honest I was startled and confused as to why he approached me.

"I never interacted with this protester". He did not make any attempt to go around me. "I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation".

"I harbor no ill will for this person", he continued.

"They were making remarks to each other".

Some Owensboro Catholic High School parents and students attended the March for Life, which was not a school-sponsored event.

"Tell them to come over in the lion's den instead of mocking from over there", Banyamyan can be heard saying in the video. Video of the incident is circulating on social media.

"They were marking remarks to each other".

A Kentucky diocese has issued an apology to the Ypsilanti, Michigan, man.

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