Sometimes the story changes quite dramatically when the full story is finally made known. From Cassandra Fairbanks at thegatewaypundit.com:
Nick Sandmann, the Covington Catholic High School student who has been targeted by Democrats, leftist celebrities and creepy journalists has released a statement about the incident in which a Native American man harassed him and banged a drum in his face.
He explained that prior to the Native American man confronting them, a group of African American protesters had confronted them.
“The protesters said hateful things. They called us ‘racists,’ ‘bigots,’ ‘white crackers,’ ‘f-ggots,’ and ‘incest kids.’ They also taunted an African American student from my school by telling him that we would ‘harvest his organs.’ I have no idea what that insult means, but it was startling to hear,” the statement explained.
Sandmann continued, “because we were being loudly attacked and taunted in public, a student in our group asked one of our teacher chaperones for permission to begin our school spirit chants to counter the hateful things that were being shouted at our group. The chants are commonly used at sporting events. They are all positive in nature and sound like what you would hear at any high school. Our chaperone gave us permission to use our school chants. We would not have done it without obtaining permission from the adults in charge of our group.”
The student explained that at no time did he hear any student chant anything other than the school spirit chants.
“Our chants were loud because we wanted to drown out the hateful comments that were being shouted at us by protesters,” Sandmann explained.
Sandmann said that after a few minutes of chanting, the Native American protesters, who he hadn’t previously noticed, approached the group — accompanied by someone with a camera.
“The protester everyone has seen in the video began playing his drum as he waded into the crowd, which parted for him. I did not see anyone try to block his path. He locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face. He played his drum the entire time he was in my face,” Sandmann recalled. “To be honest, I was started and confused as to why he had approached me. We had already been yelled at by other groups of protesters, and when the second group approached I was worried that a situation was getting out of control where adults were attempting to provoke teenagers.”
The teenager said that he believed that by remaining motionless and calm, he was helping to diffuse the situation.
“I said a silent prayer that the situation would not get out of hand,” Sandmann wrote.
When he left to get on the bus, the student believed that he had diffused the situation by remaining calm, and was thankful nothing physical happened.
“I was not intentionally making faces at the protester. I did smile at one point, because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation. I am a faithful Christian and practicing Catholic, and I always try to live up to the ideals my faith teaches me — to remain respectful of others, and to take no action that would lead to conflict or violence,” Sandmann explained.
READ SANDMANN’S STATEMENT IN FULL HERE:
With the permission of Nick Sandmann and their parents. This is being released to the media. Please keep this family in your prayers. pic.twitter.com/xO8iI92C6i
— Stephanie A. Dietz (@sdietz2) January 20, 2019