A group of students wearing MAGA hats and Covington Catholic apparel were caught on video taunting and harassing Native Americans at the Indigenous People’s March on the National Mall. The videos have since gone viral, including here and here.
After seeing the videos, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes released this statement:
In spite of these horrific scenes, I refuse to shame and solely blame these children for this type of behavior. Instead I turn to the adults and administration that are charged with teaching them, and to those who are silently letting others promote this behavior.
This is not the Kentucky we know and love. I call on Covington Catholic High School to denounce this behavior. As a proud alumnae of a Catholic High School, I know a school that stands for “Building minds. Living Faith.” would not stand for this.
Apparently, the students were in Washington to participate in the anti-abortion rally, happening on the same day.
After numerous Twitter users expressed their outrage at the students’ behavior, the school switched their Twitter account to private, and has not responded to requests for comment.
For more details, read the larger coverage at WHAS.
Update: The story has now made the top of the Recommended list at Daily Kos, with more details.
Additional statements have been shared on Twitter by Whitney Westerfield and Adam Edelen.
Disappointed & disgusted by the actions of the Covington Catholic students. They owe that man an apology, should spend time studying Native American history, and could use a big dose of humility. I hope they learn from this; that we all do. May we all remember Matthew 7:12.
— Whitney Westerfield (@KyWhitney) January 20, 2019
This is outrageous and abhorrent behavior. I hope part of any punishment is to ensure they read a history book on how America’s indigenous people have been treated. The parents and school that produced these boys need to do some serious soul-searching.https://t.co/O9KJCCHkCy
— Adam Edelen (@adamhedelen) January 19, 2019