A gay former student of Covington Catholic High School has hit out against the school after a video of their students in a confrontation with a Native American elder went viral.
The video shows a large group of white students in ‘Make America Great Again’ hats surrounding and clapping as a Omaha tribe elder beats a drum. The drum is inches away from one of the teens.
The footage has caused controversy. On one side, people say the boys appear to taunt the elder and their body language is aggressive. On the other, people have rushed to the teens’ defense, highlighting recently uncovered footage that appears to show another group of activists provoking the students earlier.
After going viral last Friday (18 January), many have criticized the school for allowing the youths to be in the situation in the first place.
However, Christian Bales is ‘not surprised’. The 19-year-old was banned from speaking at his graduation by the Diocese of Covington last year despite being valedictorian.
Speaking to NBC News, Bales said: ‘I was not surprised at all. It was only a matter of time that something this school community did would blow up to this degree, and I think they need to be held accountable.’
Bales also added the school is ‘notorious for being a not-well-disciplined school’. He went on to call the Diocese as ‘archaic’.
The school hit the headlines last year after refusing to let Bales and the student council president speak at their graduation, as is tradition.
A spokesperson for the school claimed the speeches were ‘political and inconsistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church.’
Refusing to have his voice silenced, Bales grabbed a megaphone and spoke to the crowd of students and families after the ceremony. The speech was posted to social media, which then went viral.