Nick Sandmann has been identified as the teenager who was seen with a MAGA hat in the viral video harassing Nathan Phillips, a Native American war hero.
Mr. Sandmann, from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky, said he does not understand why he was singled out because there were dozens of other students in the video wearing Donald Trump's Make America Great Again hats who were taunting the Native American.
The teenager, who some describe as a provocateur, said he is the victim in this story, because Mr. Phillips, an Omaha elder, was the one who instigated the drama to make headlines.
"The protestor everyone has seen in the video began playing his drum as he waded into the crowd, which parted for him," Sandmann wrote. "I did not see anyone try to block his path. He locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face. He played his drum the entire time he was in my face."
The Kentucky teenager went on to blame the Vietnam war veteran for approaching after other people mocked him.
"I never interacted with this protester," the young man continued. "I did not speak to him. To be honest, I was startled and confused as to why he had approached me. We had already been yelled at by another group of protestors."
Phillips and the other Native American protesters painted another portrait of the student who allegedly yelled "build the wall, build the wall" during the confrontation.
In a fiery statement, the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School condemned the controversial actions of the male students and apologized to Mr. Phillips.
"This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person," the statement read in part.
"The matter is being investigated, and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion," the officials went on to add.
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