“New footage shows that media was wrong about teen’s encounter with Native American,” he posted.
Initial media reports slammed the students for what appeared to be their disrespect for Native American veteran Nathan Phillips, who was attending the Indigenous Peoples March before encountering the teens. The predominantly white group of teens had just had a run-in with a group of Black Hebrew Israelites, once considered a terrorist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Covington Catholic High School junior Nick Sandmann later said members of the Israelites were hurling insults at them.
Phillips, an Omaha elder and well-known activist, moved in between the two groups while chanting and playing a drum.
In video of the incident, the Catholic students appeared to be jeering at Phillips, and Sandmann was seen on camera having an apparent standoff with the elder.
By Sunday, Covington Catholic High School had apologized for the incident and said it was investigating.
Sandmann also released a statement Sunday, saying the students weren't to blame and did nothing wrong.
The boys were in Washington to attend an anti-abortion rally.