2019-02-11 20:18:41 UTC
Covington High School student Nick Sandmann and his parents confirmed to
LifeSiteNews that Native American activist Nathan Phillips, and some of
the others who have received notices from the attorneys, will be sued.
Lin Wood, an Atlanta-based lawyer, told LifeSite yesterday that Phillips
lies and false accusations against Sandmann and the other Covington
students are well documented.
He also said they would be filing the first round of lawsuits "within two
weeks." Todd V. McMurtry, a Ft. Mitchell, Ky attorney, is also
representing Sandmann and his parents. Doug Schloemer, a Ft. Mitchell, Ky
attorney, represents a number of other students and Robert Barnes, a
California attorney, is also representing families and students of
Covington High School.
A January 25 press release issued by attorneys Wood and McMurtry stated,
On January 18, in the span of a few hours, Nick Sandmanns peaceful
attendance with his Covington Catholic classmates at the March for Life in
Washington, D.C. was turned into a personal nightmare when Nick became the
focus of false and defamatory accusations published and broadcast across
the nation and the world. A mob comprised of activists, church and school
officials, members of the mainstream print and broadcast media, and
individuals on social media, including elected public officials and
celebrities, rushed to condemn and vilify this young man by burying him in
an avalanche of false accusations, false portrayals, and cyberbullying
that have threatened his reputation and his physical safety.
Nick Sandmann is 16 years old. He is an eleventh-grade high school
student. He is not the face of evil and he did absolutely nothing wrong or
inappropriate in connection with the incident to deserve the heinous
accusations made against him by uninformed or agenda-driven individuals
and media entities.
The legal action by Sandmanns attorneys is ramping up after notices
demanding preservation of evidence for possible defamation litigation were
recently sent out to more than 50 media, dioceses, and celebrities.
Wood told LifeSite that the list of recipients of the notices continues
to grow in number and that the legal team is in the process of sending
formal written retraction demands in conformity with statutes in states in
which litigation may be filed. They expect to advance to the next stage
and file the first round of civil lawsuits within the next two weeks.
Asked about why the Diocese of Covington is still investigating the
Washington incident involving the students, Sandmanns attorney responded:
We have no idea why the investigation by the Diocese has not been
concluded but we are confident that any objective review of the evidence
will conclude that Nick did nothing wrong. Nick remained calm and well-
mannered despite being confronted by an activist beating a drum within
inches of his face while chanting loudly. Nick did not utter one word
except to quietly urge a classmate to refrain from making any comments
that might aggravate the situation created by Phillips and the Black
Additionally, Wood confirmed rumors that Sandmann had been prevented from
returning to the school for several days after the students returned from
Washington. Wood stated to LifeSite, "Nick was prohibited by the school
from attending classes for 6 school days in the two weeks following the
his return was only allowed on February 1 after his lawyers made clear to
the school that we would not tolerate Nick being isolated and singled out
based on specious claims that he first needed to give a statement to the
school without his counsel in attendance and that there were ongoing
security concerns (all other students had already been allowed to return
to classes). On Saturday, January 19, Nick provided the school principal
with an unsolicited email describing the incident. Nick had also
previously released a 3-page, detailed statement concerning the incident.
Video produced by Lin Wood - Nick Sandmann: The Truth in 15 minutes
Wood has also created a video, Nick Sandmann: The Truth in 15 minutes, to
reveal what really happened during the incident in which the students were
victimized by two groups of activists while the students were waiting for
There are significant items in the video that have not been reported by
mainstream media that heavily covered the incident with the Covington
students and American activist Nathan Phillips.
Most seemed to rely almost entirely on statements made by Phillips and
especially on a short initial video posted on social media that went
viral. The video appears to have been deliberately edited to portray the
Covington students as accosting and disrespecting Phillips.
The video was initially pushed through what has been revealed by Breitbart
to be a likely Democrat activist controlled, anti-Trump fake Twitter
account. It has since been suspended by Twitter for violating its fake
account policy. Experts say the use of the account to so effectively
promote the video had "the hallmarks of a disinformation campaign."
That social media impact resulted in Sandmann and his family, the
Covington High School and even one of the lawyers for the Covington
students receiving numerous threats, including death threats.
The video produced by Lin Wood reveals that there was an ongoing
confrontation in the Lincoln Monument area, where the students were to
assemble after the March for Life, between an Indigenous Peoples March
group and five black men who identified as Hebrew Israelites.
The Israelites, a known hate group, were preaching vulgar racial slurs at
the Indigenous marchers. Other video records have indicated that this
confrontation may have been going on for over an hour and had become
increasingly heated before most of the students arrived.
When the first several Covington students arrived, they are shown watching
the confrontation between the Black Israelites and the Native Americans.
When the Israelites started to turn their insults to the students, the
students are shown immediately turning around and walking away.
Later, many more Covington students arrived and the Israelites ramped up
their hateful taunts toward the students.
A student, with several girls near him, is shown stating, Its not rape
if you enjoy itand immediately another student says, Hes not from
Covington. That initial statement has been one of the incidents used to
condemn the Covington students. However, it does appear in the video that
the student who made the vulgar comment is not from Covington. Lin Wood
explained to LifeSite:
We do not believe this person was a Covington Catholic student. We have
not been able yet to identify him and no one at the school knows who he
is. There were students from Paducah, Kentucky mixed in with the Covington
Catholic students. The statement that the person was not from Covington
Catholic appears to be an excited and spontaneous utterance of truth.
Covington Catholic is an all-male high school. A Covington student we
asked did not recognize the girls. He did not think they were from
After about an hour of enduring the verbal attack from the Hebrew
Israelites, the boys asked their chaperones if they could do one of their
pep rally chants to drown out the hate group.
The chant attracted a group of native Americans led by veteran activist,
Nathan Phillips. Though Phillips later claimed he was trying to get to the
Lincoln Monument, he is shown clearly bypassing a wide-open pathway to the
monument and instead moving straight to where the Covington boys were
standing. The boys began to celebrate by dancing and chanting to the beat
of Phillips drum.
The narrator in Wood's video asks at this point, Is it possible that the
boys saw the Native Americans as allies stepping in to drown out the
Israelites who had been constantly shouting hate messages at both the
native Americans and the students?
The video continues to present the happy, smiling, young Covington
students with voice-overs of later comments by Phillips to television
media that are totally contradicted by the video evidence Wood compiled.
Then the smiling boys are shown doing what is known to sports fans as the
Tomahawk chop. Attorney Lin Wood explained to LifeSite that As far as the
tomahawk chop goes, I am an Atlanta Braves fan and the tomahawk chop is a
fan cheer at baseball games that is intended to support the team and is
not intended to disparage Native Americans. Some media have claimed that
the chop motion was a sign of disrespect for the native Americans.
Phillips is shown moving right up to Nick Sandmann and heard later having
claimed to media that he tried to go around Sandmann. The video evidence
is that he made no such attempt.
In a television interview, Phillips is shown claiming repeatedly that the
students chanted Build that wall. Build that wall. However, The Truth in
15 Minutes narrator notes that, after a thorough viewing of all videos of
the Covington incident that day, no video has shown any student saying
Build that wall. However, there is video evidence of the Black
Israelites repeatedly shouting, Build that wall.
The native American who was filming Phillips is shown telling one of the
students wearing a Make America Great Again hat, So if you want to make
America a great cause for you white people, go back to Europe where you
came from. This is not your land. The student tries to respectfully make
a counter point and the native American is seen telling the young student,
Get the F*** out of my face with that sh**t.
The student tries to argue back and then a critical moment happens in the
video where Sandmann is shown gesturing to the student to stop arguing
with the Native American. We were here already, says the Native American
to the now silent student.
The video shows Phillips being questioningly told by a reporter, "What
broke this up is someone calling to the students and saying their bus was
there, that's what pulled them away?" Phillips incredibly responds, "In my
mind well yes, they could say they are running to the bus, but if you look
at it from another angle, they're running from the police."
There was no police presence whatever seen in any of the videos and the
recordings clearly show the students being told their bus was now
available and then immediately running to the bus, seemingly happy to get
away from the intimidation they had been experiencing.
The narrator notes that Phillips did not then advance up the stairs which
he had claimed he was trying to do, but instead turns around to face the
other natives to celebrate their victory. The native cameraman shouts I
got him man. I got him, man, I got him. Then later, We won grandpa, we
fu**** won grandpa.
The video then shows Phillips responding to a news reporter question about
his military service saying that he has never stepped foot in South
Vietnam and at another time he is shown saying, Im a Vietnam vet.
Another news person says to Phillips, You could hear the Hebrew
Israelites shouting things.. and Phillips immediately responds, and the
white people were shouting racist things back at the Black Hebrews. The
journalist then says that no video evidence has been found supporting his