Covington students and anti-Trump activist's encounter goes viral

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Published on 23 Jan 2019, 3:13
Covington Catholic High School, now known nationwide after its students were involved in an encounter with Native American and Black Hebrew activists in Washington on Jan. 18, closed for safety reasons on Jan. 22.

In a letter to parents and students, Covington Principal Robert Rowe said the decision to close the school was made "in order to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff."

After video of the encounter went viral, a number of activists, media figures, and many others on social media encouraged violence and retribution against the students, including a Disney producer who said any kids wearing so-called "MAGA" hats should be killed.

But when the full video footage of the incident began circulating widely, after initially being ignored or overlooked by the media outlets, journalists, analysts, activists, and authorities, many deleted their initial musings en masse and issued apologies.

On Jan. 21, President Trump tweeted:
"Looking like Nick Sandman & Covington Catholic students were treated unfairly with early judgments proving out to be false—smeared by media. Not good, but making big comeback!"

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