Diocese investigates after students mock Native American
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 20, 2019,
Jan 20, 2019, 2:59
Covington students were in D.C.to participate in the pro-life "March for Life" rally this weekend, the school said in a statement.
In a statement, Grimes said, "In spite of these horrific scenes, I refuse to shame and exclusively blame these children for this type of behavior". He said that they were following the example of President Trump.
Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills and the Diocese of Covington apologized for the behavior of their students in a statement Saturday afternoon, saying "the behavior is opposed to the Church's teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person".
"I wish I could. put that energy to making this country really, really great", Mr Phillips said.
Now a diocese in Kentucky is looking into the video that show students, possibly from the diocese's all-male high school.
They added: "The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion". The protester, an older man, is singing the "AIM Song", an intertribal song of honor associated with the American Indian Movement.
After the unexpected commotion died down a bit, Phillips explained in an interview that when he was singing he heard the Trump supporters saying, "build that wall, build that wall".
Chase Iron Eyes, an attorney with the Lakota People Law Project, said the incident lasted about 10 minutes and ended when Phillips and other activists walked away. "[Phillips] was really trying to defuse the situation". "It clearly demonstrates the validity of our concerns about the marginalization and disrespect of Indigenous peoples, and it shows that traditional knowledge is being ignored by those who should listen most closely".
According to the "Indian Country Today" website, Phillips is an Omaha elder and Vietnam veteran who holds an annual ceremony honouring Native American veterans at Arlington National Cemetery.
"The behaviour shown in that video is just a snapshot of what indigenous people have faced and are continuing to face", Buffalo said. "Nor does it represent the vast majority of the marchers present at this year's March for Life".
U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico sharply criticized what she called a display of "blatant hate, disrespect, and intolerance".
Though this incident is gaining a remarkable amount of attention on social media, it's unfortunately not the first time Phillips has found himself taunted by a group of students.