The Catholic school in Kentucky, whose odious students surrounded and harassed a marcher at the Indigenous People’s March, disavows the behavior.
The Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School have issued the following statement: We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general, Jan. 18, after the March for Life, in Washington, D.C. We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips.
This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person. The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.
We know this incident also has tainted the entire witness of the March for Life and express our most sincere apologies to all those who attended the March and all those who support the pro-life movement.
A miscellany of thoughts, in no particular order:
Shame on the Diocese for sending these kids in the first place. Children, including teenagers, should never be used as political props — for the reason that their views and behavior are unformed. To put the point a bit differently, they don’t know what side of an issue they’re on.
It probably is the case that there were two or three leaders, and a lot of followers; the leaders should be expelled without appeal, and the followers should all be obliged to read and then write a very long book report on Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, or something similar. The man who was surrounded should then be invited to a school-wide assembly to receive a public apology and to address the students.
None of that will happen, excepting perhaps the expulsions — because the parents of these children are idiots and probably support their kids’ squalid behavior. After all, they got their ridiculous MAGA hats and bad ignorant attitudes from someplace.