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A Kentucky bishop has issued a personal apology to the teenager at the center of viral clash with Native American man, saying the diocese was 'bullied' and reacted 'prematurely' to the footage.
An initial joint statement from the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School on Saturday had condemned the students for their actions.
Letter - Parents - Rev - Roger - Foys
But in a letter to parents Most Rev. Roger Foys apologized to Covington families and to anyone offended by either statement. Foys says the diocese was 'bullied' and reacted 'prematurely', The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
He wrote: 'We should not have allowed ourselves to be bullied and pressured into making a statement prematurely, and we take full responsibility for it.
Nicholas - Sandmann - Family - CovCath - Families
'I especially apologize to Nicholas Sandmann and his family, as well as to all CovCath families who have felt abandoned during this ordeal. Nicholas unfortunately has become the face of these allegations based on video based on video clips.
'This is not fair. It is not just. We apologize to anyone who has been offended in any way.'
Videotaped - Encounter - Week - Lincoln - Memorial
The videotaped encounter last week at the Lincoln Memorial between a group of high school students, some wearing MAGA hats, and Native American marchers went viral and the students were widely criticized.
It had appeared to show them mocking a Native American activist. Subsequent videos showed a more complicated three-way confrontation involving a black religious sect as well.
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