“We’re a Catholic school, and it’s not tolerated. They don’t tolerate racism, and none of my classmates are racist people. I never heard anyone say ‘build the wall’ and I don’t think I’ve seen it in any of the videos.”
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(Leah Barkoukis – Townhall) Nick Sandmann, the high school student at the center of the media frenzy over his interaction with Native American activist Nathan Phillips in Washington, D.C. last week, said he does not believe his actions that day were disrespectful.
Speaking to the “Today” show in a segment that aired Wednesday, Sandmann said he “had every right to stand there” but repeatedly wished the group of students he was with “could have walked away and avoided it.”
“But I can’t say I’m sorry for standing there,” he said when Savannah Guthrie asked if he felt he owed anyone an apology.
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Sandmann explained that in the moment he wasn’t sure what was going to happen after a small group of Hebrew Israelites started hurling derogatory comments at the students, including calling them “incest kids”—and he also was initially confused by Phillips’ presence there.