Twitter users claim Nicholas Sandman is the student seen smirking in a Native elder’s face during the Indigenous Peoples Day March in Washington DC on Friday
The video showed Native American Nathan Phillips playing his drum and singing while the student smirked in his face
Earlier on Saturday Twitter users wrongfully claimed Michael Hodge as the student in the video
At this time the identity of the student has not not been confirmed
After a video went viral showing a group of students from Covington Catholic High School mocking a Native American elder playing a drum and singing, social media users have started a manhunt for one student in particular seen smirking in Nathan Phillips’ face.
Twitter appears to be leading the hunt for the student in the MAGA hat, although information is quickly spreading to other social media platforms. Currently, social media users are claiming the student responsible is Nicholas Sandman. However, this is not the first name thrown out concerning the viral videos.
Earlier in the day, social media users wrongfully accused Michael Hodge of being the student in the video. A picture that looked similar to the student in question led social media users to start spreading his name and even creating the #MichaelHodge hashtag. The picture was found on the school’s Facebook page before it was deleted on Saturday afternoon.
After making a closer comparison of the picture of Hodge and the student in Phillips’ face on the videos, social media users quickly realized a huge mistake had been made. The wrong student was being blamed for the video, which is painfully clear if you compare physical differences in the face, teeth and ears of the two pictures.
The case of mistaken identity did not stop those leading the way in Internet justice from continuing their manhunt, which now social media users claim know the identity of the correct student. Once again, Social media users are using a picture found online compared with a screenshot from the videos. Sandman’s picture on social media does appear to look like the student in the video, but at this time the student’s identity has not been confirmed. Sandman deleted his social media accounts by late Saturday night.
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The students seen in the video could be facing expulsion according to school rules. On Saturday afternoon, the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High released a statement.
We condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students towards Nathan Phillips specifically, and Native Americans in general. … We extend our deepest apologies to Mr. Phillips. This behavior is opposed to the Church’s teachings on the dignity and respect of the human person.
The matter is being investigated and we will take appropriate action, up to and including expulsion.