Dear Principal Browe, if there was anything that disgraced your school over the past few days, it is that wretched “apology” that you now have on your website. You immediately start off by condemning the actions of your students at the March for Life. To your miniscule credit, you do promise an investigation, but should not your investigation have preceded your apology and your immediate condemnation of your own students?
I would hope by now that you would have looked at the plethora of videos of that incident. They clearly show Mr. Phillips and his friends approaching your students. Then Phillips proceeded to get within inches of your student’s face while chanting loudly and beating his drums. In other words, Phillips accosted your student; yet you hold your student to blame. Under the circumstances and given his age, I believe your student showed remarkable restraint. Your student, Nick Sandmann, who had the drum shoved in his face, has released his statement. Have you read it?
I’ve no doubt that this “apology” was nothing more than a groveling attempt to cower from politically correct harping by the media. I regret that your local bishop has decided to join in the braying for the heads of these young boys. Will you be prepared to issue another apology, this time to the students whom you wronged? I trust you are aware of the gravity of slander, and that is what you are committing against your students.
Should you be so foolhardy as to expel the boys, I hope that their families avail themselves of all legal recourse and sue your school for the maximum amount possible. It is your conduct thus far that calls into question your claim to be a Catholic institution.
End of letter I will advise when I get a response (as if that will happen!)
The young man has released a statement to CNN to give his perspective. I link to it now.
Tomorrow I will also draft an email to the Covington diocese. Their site remains down but here is their contact information.