Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky Reopens Under Police Protection After Death Threats

Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Kentucky is reopening today under police protection after being closed Tuesday to hedge against violent threats against the school, all because of a viral video on social media and a rush to judgment in the mainstream media.

Now, Nick Sandmann, the teen who found himself at the center of that video is speaking out on TV for the first time.

“As far as standing there, I had every right to do so. My position was I was not disrespectful to Mr. Phillips. I respect him. I’d like to talk to him. In hindsight, I wish we could have walked away and avoided the whole thing,” he told NBC’s “Today” show.

It was over a video which shows Sandmann and others, many wearing Make America Great Again hats, appearing to surround Nathan Phillips and a Native American group at the Lincoln Memorial.

Sandmann was with a school group attending the March for Life in Washington. Phillips was there for an Indigenous People’s March.

In one clip the students were seen chanting, laughing, and dancing along as Phillips drummed. Social media users went into a frenzy, condemning and threatening Sandmann and his classmates.

Then a longer clip put the incident in context.

A number of tweets threatened the boys with death, including an especially shocking one which depicted them being thrown into a wood chipper – but that’s just one example out of the many disturbing reactions.

A number of tweets threatened the boys with death, including an especially shocking one which depicted them being thrown into a wood chipper – but that’s just one example out of the many disturbing reactions.