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Chaperone, Politicians Comment On Incident Involving CCHS Students

Posted at 6:00 AM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 09:39:44-05

KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (WLWT)– A chaperone and politicians from both sides are commenting on an incident that happened in Washington, D.C. involving students from a Kentucky high school.

A video posted to social media over the weekend shows students from Covington Catholic High School and Nathan Phillips, a Native American elder, engaging in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The teens have since faced backlash for reportedly mocking Phillips.

The teens deny the mocking, saying they felt they were unfairly portrayed as villains in a situation where they say they were not the instigators.

One parent chaperone who was there gave her thoughts on what happened.

“Our boys were targeted,” said Jill Hamlin. “They were targeted from the get go. Immediately, there were all these people running around filming.”

President Donald Trump tweeted Monday night and Tuesday morning that the students were treated unfairly and smeared by the media.

Also on Monday, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear told LEX 18 that he hopes the students will set a positive example going forward after being a part of something that Beshear said was “just wrong.”

“I hope every day they are better than they were on that day. That we all have a responsibility each and every day to live up to the values that we were raised with and I hope that the rest of their lives that they can set an incredibly positive example after being a part of something that was just wrong.”

State Representative John Yarmuth also commented on the incident.

State Senator Rand Paul shared his support for the students:

Governor Bevin broke his silence Tuesday morning: