Covington Catholic Student Sues CNN for $275 Million
By Jason Devaney
The family of high school student Nick Sandmann is suing CNN for $275 million for the network’s coverage of an incident after the March For Life in January.
According to Fox News, the suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. It alleges CNN “elevated false, heinous accusations of racist conduct” against Sandmann. It also said CNN did not follow “well-established journalistic standards and ethics.”
Sandmann, 16, is a Covington Catholic High School student who was filmed looking straight at a Native American activist as the man stood inches from Sandmann’s face. Initial reports indicated Sandmann and his classmates were taunting the man, named Nathan Phillips. Subsequent videos that were released showed that a group of Black Hebrew Israelites was taunting the schoolboys.
Celebrities, news organizations and their commentators, and other public figures slammed the students, who were wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, for their perceived verbal attacks on the Native Americans — which was shown not to have happened.
Sandmann already filed a $250 million lawsuit against The Washington Post last month because of its reporting on the story.