Thousands sign Catholic high school petition after students harass Native American man

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition demanding changes at the Catholic high school whose students were taped harassing a Native American elder in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

The effort was started by Matthew Lehman, a 1995 alum of Covington Catholic High School (CovCath) in Kentucky, after a video of the incident went viral. 

{mosads}In the clip, a group of students wearing “Make America Great Again” hats are seen jeering at and mocking Nathan Phillips, a Native American elder who was beating a drum and singing during the Indigenous Peoples March.

Lehman writes in the petition that the students’ association with MAGA “propaganda,” President Trump’s campaign slogan, “shows a complete lack of judgement by CovCath administration.”

He writes that the school’s administration has allowed “elitist and exclusive tendencies to take root in the school,” and that the school has “lost its way” under current leadership.

“Unfortunately, what happened in D.C. should not be a surprise to anyone who has been associated with CovCath,” he writes.

The petition is demanding the “immediate termination” of the school’s principal for “fostering an environment where these types of actions and words are condoned.”

Lehman also asks for a Covington Diocese-led review of the school’s policies, and calls on the school to cut ties with the March For Life.

“CovCath is an institution in the service of all of Northern Kentucky — rich or poor, Republican or Democrat, immigrant or native born,” the petition reads. “I have watched with concern over the years as CovCath has become less diverse, more elite, and more expensive — even as the surrounding community has become more economically and ethnically diverse.”

The school and Diocese of Covington condemned the students’ actions in a statement on Saturday, saying that it will investigate and may take disciplinary action, including possible expulsion.

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