The Kentucky high school student seen in a viral video standing face-to-face with a Native American protester banging a drum in his face has broken his silence after the media painted him as a racist Trump supporter.
Nick Sandmann, a junior at Covington Catholic High School, said in a statement he was “mortified” by the narrative being pushed about his interaction with the Native American military veteran.
“I was mortified that so many people have come to believe something that did not happen -- that students from my school were chanting or acting in a racist fashion toward African Americans or Native Americans,” he said. “I did not do that, do not have hateful feelings in my heart and did not witness any of my classmates doing that.”
While the media first reported that the high school students “harassed” the Native American protesters, footage later emerged showing the students themselves being approached and harassed.
Sandmann also revealed that they were approached by several members of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement and called horrible names.
“The called us 'racists,' 'bigots,' 'white crackers,' 'f----ts,' and 'incest kids,’” he said. "They also taunted an African-American student from my school by telling him that we would 'harvest his organs.’"
There were also unfounded claims that the students were chanting “build that wall” when it reality it was only their school spirit chant.
"At no time did I hear any student chant anything other than the school spirit chants," Sandmann said.
He added: ”I did not witness or hear any other students chant 'build that wall' or anything hateful or racist at any time. Assertions to the contrary are simply false."
As far as his viral confrontation with the Native American protester, Sandmann said he thought if he stayed clam and still, it might defuse the situation as the man had gotten directly in his face.
But Sandmann apparently is not going to take the character assassination lying down.
"I am being called every name in the book, including a racist, and I will not stand for this mob-like character assassination of my family's name," Sandmann said.
He and his parents have already received death threats over the social media controversy — and the media helped fan the flames.