While the weather is not good right now in Kentucky, that isn’t why Covington Catholic is closed today.
According to the school’s principal, Robert Rowe, they closed the school today due to threats and security concerns after a social media mob targeted the students and their families in the wake of a viral incident between students and a Native American group in Washington, D.C.
“After meeting with local authorities, we have made the decision to cancel school and be closed on Tuesday, January 22, in order to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” reads a letter to them from the school’s principal, Robert Rowe.
“All activities on campus will be cancelled for the entire day and evening. Students, parents, faculty and staff are not to be on campus for any reason. Please continue to keep the Covington Catholic Community in your prayers.”
The American Indian Movement Chapter of Indiana and Kentucky was to hold a protest at the school on Tuesday but moved it to the Diocese of Covington building. The Diocese runs the school.
From Daily Wire:
The students said that the threats they, their families and their school have received included school shooting threats, school bomb threats, vandalism of their buildings, and people threatening to slash their tires and break their school’s windows. Even more malevolent threats have been made, according to the students, such as suggestions like it would be best if the students at the school were locked in the school and set on fire, raped by clergy members, or thrown into woodchippers. Several of the students have been doxxed; sponsors of the schools have been called; their parents’ jobs have been reportedly threatened.
Also incredibly harmful was the effort to go after the reputation of the school and target the school’s sponsors, as one student noted.
School and personal reputation. So our school has a great reputation and in our community and abroad, and especially with colleges too. So, they’ve attacked our reputation. Colleges and careers aspirations: this is going to be kind of like a little blemish, like if we say where we’re from, they’re going to be like, “oh, you’re associated with this.” And then on us, just personally, just scared to go to school. Not many high school students have to live through the threat of saying, “It’s best if you guys are all locked in a school and set on fire.” I mean, just imagine that. This is awful. We’ve had police guards at our school and just going to school on Tuesday, a lot of us are kind of a little fearful. And just out in the community, wearing our school colors, wearing our school attire, what people are going to say to us, and how people are going to act to us.
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They noted that none of the students made any slurs or mocking gestures, that they were just doing their school cheers.