Stu­dents in ‘MAGA’ hats mock Na­tive Amer­i­can

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Second Front - By ADAM BEAM and BRIAN MELLEY

Catholic High

Park Hills.

Videos cir­cu­lat­ing online show a youth star­ing at and stand­ing ex­tremely close to Nathan Phillips, a 64-yearold Na­tive Amer­i­can man singing and play­ing a drum. Other stu­dents, many wear­ing “Make America Great Again” hats and sweat­shirts, sur­rounded them, laugh­ing and jeer­ing.

In a joint state­ment to the Cincin­nati En­quirer, the Ro­man Catholic Dio­cese of Cov­ing­ton and Cov­ing­ton Catholic High School apol­o­gized to Phillips. School in Of­fi­cials said they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing and will take “ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion, up to and in­clud­ing ex­pul­sion.”

“We ex­tend our deep­est apolo­gies to Mr. Phillips,” the state­ment read. “This be­hav­ior is op­posed to the Church’s teach­ings on the dig­nity and respect of the hu­man per­son.”

Ac­cord­ing to the “In­dian Coun­try To­day” web­site, Phillips is an Omaha elder and Viet­nam veteran who holds an an­nual cer­e­mony hon­or­ing Na­tive Amer­i­can vet­er­ans at Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery.

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