On Wednesday, new reports indicated that a team of investigators probing the exchange between the Covington Catholic high school students and a group of far-left Native American activists has found no evidence of “racist or offense statements” by the teens.
After having earlier condemned the students, the Bishop of the Diocese admitted that the boys had been exonerated by the investigation, which he said had been his wish all along.
The incident drew national attention after several mainstream media outlets and liberal celebrities immediately branded the teenagers “racists” following their confrontation with activist Nathan Phillips and his group weeks ago.
Following public scorn and a volley of violent threats, one of the students involved is now seeking legal action against a number of celebrities and publications which initially ran with the story.
From The Daily Beast:
Weeks after the tense interaction between students at Covington Catholic High School and a Native American leader went viral, a private investigation has largely backed the teens’ version of events.
The Washington Post reports Wednesday that a team of Cincinnati private investigators spent hundreds of hours reviewing footage and interviewing witnesses before concluding that there was no evidence that there were “racist or offensive statements by students to Mr. Phillips.”
They did not, however, speak to Nathan Phillips or Nicholas Sandmann, the two people featured most prominently in the encounter.
After the results were released, the Bishop of Covington reversed the diocese’s earlier condemnation of the students, noting that “my hope and expectation expressed in my letter to you of 25 January that the results of our inquiry … would exonerate our students so that they can move forward with their lives’ has been realized.”
The report doesn’t offer any guidance on how to prevent similar encounters in the future.