Covington Catholic High Under New Scrutiny as More Video Comes to Light

Playing Covington High School Scrutinized Over Video of Students in Black Face Paint

After Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann drew attention for his interaction with a Native American leader in Washington D.C., the school is now facing additional scrutiny over a 2012 video from a sporting event and new footage from that weekend in the nation's capital.

The 2012 video shows Covington students chanting at a sporting event. They can be seen wearing all-black clothes, which is said to be a tradition at the school’s sporting events, and a few students are also wearing black face paint.

But one basketball player in that game claims the students were singling him out.

"They were chanting 'Ca-Ra-Mel! Ca-Ra-Mel.' As the only Black kid on the floor, you knew what they were talking about," Philip Hawkins, who played basketball against Covington Catholic in 2015, told Inside Edition. 

And new video of the students during their trip to Washington continues to surface. Some teens, believed to be from Covington, are heard yelling at young women: “Maga! Build the Wall!” 

One young man can be heard saying, "It is not rape if you enjoy it." 

Covington Catholic was closed Tuesday “in order to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff," according to a letter from the principal.

Inside Edition has reached out to Covington Catholic for comment but has not heard back. 

Meanwhile, President Trump is weighing into the uproar surrounding the students and the Native American drummer, Nathan Phillips.

“Looking like Nick Sandmann & Covington Catholic Students were treated unfairly with early judgements proving out to be false - smeared by media,” he tweeted Tuesday. 

His son, Donald Trump Jr., also doubled down, saying because the student was wearing a “MAGA” hat, there was a rush to judgement. 

"You had some Catholic schoolboys that were at a right-to-life march, OK? They were wearing a MAGA hat," Trump Jr. said on Fox News Monday. "They had to pounce because the media wants that to be true. They want a bunch of nice, Catholic kids — happen to be white — they want them to be the enemy." 

People remain divided after the initial judgments blamed high school junior Sandmann for confronting a Native American on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.  


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