Nick Sandmann, a junior at Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Ky., and others students from the school stand in front of Native American Nathan Phillips Jan. 18 near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in this still image from video. (CNS photo/Kaya Taitano, social media via Reuters)
Nick Sandmann, a junior at Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Ky., and others students from the school stand in front of Native American Nathan Phillips Jan. 18 near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in this still image from video. (CNS photo/Kaya Taitano, social media via Reuters)

Regarding “CovCath Incident,” Feb. 1, Page 16:

To anyone who saw the full video recordings of the Covington boys at the D.C. March for Life, it’s obvious that these Catholic high school students were lined up on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, waiting for their bus, when they were confronted.

Rather than take a breath after the release of highly edited video versions of the event, school and diocesan offices roundly condemned the students as aggressors. These church officials couldn’t wait to join the chorus of the secular media outlets who salivated over a story of racist young Catholic white men. 

Within hours, a more complete picture emerged. Then the church entities again fell in line with the media by partially withdrawing their initial condemnation, but there was nary an apology. Instead, there will be a ‘third-party investigation.’ Will we hear a deserved full-throated apology to Nick Sandmann and his fellow students? 

Richard Warren

Springfield