Teen at center of confrontational video denounces 'outright lies' about him

CovCath faces backlash after video of apparent incident at Indigenous Peoples March surfaces

Videos show a youth standing very close to Mr Phillips and staring at him as he sang and played the drum.

There's a deeper story to the highly-publicized encounter between a Native American elder and Catholic High School students that took place in front of the Lincoln Memorial last Friday and gained national attention, says the elder and one of the students, and there's video proof. "I explained to them, you want to build the wall for Mexicans and other indigenous people, but you've never seen a black or a Mexican shoot up a school".

Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) ― one of the first Native American women to be elected to Congress ― said the students displayed "blatant hate" against Phillips.

"When I was there and I was standing there and I see that group of people in front of me and see those angry faces and all of that, I realize I had put myself in a really risky situation". Phillips is also an Omaha Nation elder and Vietnam veteran, details of which have fed into the controversy as it has arisen online.

The student identified himself in an email Sunday evening as junior Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky.

"They also taunted an African American student from my school by telling him that we would 'harvest his organs, '" Sandmann said.

But speaking to The New York Times, Mr Phillips acknowledged that he had approached the crowd of students in a bid to ease racial tensions that had flared between the white teenagers and the African-American protesters.

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Phillips said he heard members of the Black Hebrew Israelites "saying some harsh things" and one even spit at the students. "I did not witness or hear any students chant "build that wall" or anything hateful or racist at any time", the statement read.

Sandmann's family later sent a long statement to theCincinnati Inquirer, in which he and his family say they will be making no further comments on the situation. "However, after multiple minutes of Mr. Phillips beating his drum directly in the face of my friend (mere centimeters from his nose), we became confused and started wondering what was happening".

"I did not see anyone try to block his path", he said. "This is indigenous land".

In an email to this reporter, the mother of the student believed to be but despite attempts by Heavy to verify, can not be confirmed to be the student right up in Phillips' face, but who is nonetheless a Covington Catholic parent whose son was there and who provides a first-hand account, said the story was "fake news" and added that the Covington students were harassed "by black Muslims". This behavior is opposed to the Church's teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.

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He told CN: I "fear for those youth, fear for their future, fear for their souls, their spirit, what they're going to do to this country".

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