A video has emerged on social media reportedly showing the Covington Catholic High School boys 'harrassing' young women, said to have taken place before the viral moment with the Native American protestor happened.
A young woman posted a video to Twitter on Monday of a group of white boys in MAGA hats yelling at her and her friends as they walk past, alleging that the boys are the same ones who harrassed elderly Native American protestor Nathan Phillips at the Indiginous People's March in Washington on Saturday.
In the video, the group can be heard saying the words 'Make America Great Again', and also yelling incoherantly.
In a tweet, the woman who goes by the name 'linds' on Twitter wrote:
The Covington Catholic boys harrassed my friends and I before the incident with Nathan Phillips even happened. I'm tired of reading things saying they were provoked by anyone else other than their own egos and ignorance
The Covington Catholic boys harrassed my friends and I before the incident with Nathan Phillips even happened. I'm tired of reading things saying they were provoked by anyone else other than their own egos and ignorance 🤦🏼♀️ pic.twitter.com/utdPFii92D— linds (@roflinds) January 21, 2019
The video has now gone viral with nearly 50,000 retweets and 140,000 likes. After the original video, 'linds' then posted a series of other tweets, giving it more context:
This video is short because we walked by and were surprised to be yelled at. I took my phone out to send it to my friends back home for a laugh. I simply could not ignore the media saying they were provoked so I posted it 🤷🏼♀️— linds (@roflinds) January 22, 2019
Also for those asking the full details, the interaction wasnt very complicated. We walked by, they started yelling, we asked them how old they were, they replied "old enough", kept yelling, and we rolled our eyes and kept walking. 🤷🏼♀️— linds (@roflinds) January 22, 2019
Last thing, for people wondering what they yelled, all we specifically heard was "MAGA", "Build the Wall", and some people say they hear "slut" at the end of the video 🤷🏼♀️ ok it's past my bedtime goodnight twitter— linds (@roflinds) January 22, 2019
The video, alleging that the group of teenagers are from the same group as those seen harrassing Nathan Phillips, seems to contradict the claim that the students were simply reacting in retaliation to harrassment they'd received themselves from the Black Isrelites.
In a statement, Nick Sandmann, the boy seen infamously facing up to Nathan Phillips, said:
I cannot speak for everyone, only for myself.
But I can tell you my experience with Covington Catholic is that students are respectful of all races and cultures. We also support everyone's right to free speech.
Covington Catholic High School also released a statement on Saturday:
We will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.
Since the video went viral, the New York Post reports that photographs of students from the school in 'blackface' have emerged, after being posted to their official YouTube page in 2012.
indy100 has contacted Covington Catholic High School for comment.
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