Christian Bales, a gay valedictorian who was banned from speaking at his graduation at a school in the same community as Covington Catholic, has said that he isn't surprised by the scandal surrounding the 'MAGA hat boys'.
In May 2018, Bales was denied the right to talk at his graduation from Holy Cross High School in Covington, Kentucky, because his speech was deemed too political by the local diocese.
This didn't stop him as he and his student council president delivered their speeches via a megaphone on the front lawn of the school to a crowd of students and parents, which ended up going viral.
This is a very serious matter that has already permanently altered the lives of many people.
It is important for us to gather the facts that will allow us to determine what corrective actions, if any, are appropriate.
At the time of writing the Covington Catholic, Covington Latin and Diocese of Covington are closed amidst the backlash to the video. The Diocese was unavailable to contact but a statement has been released on their website.
On Monday afternoon the Covington Police alerted us that they had intelligence concerning a planned protest, Jan. 22, at Covington Catholic High School and a vigil at the Diocesan Curia. Due to threats of violence and the possibility of large crowds the Diocese was advised to close Covington Catholic High School, the Diocesan Curia and neighbouring Covington Latin School. We thank law enforcement officers for their protection and will reopen when they say it is safe to do so.
Concerning the incident in Washington, D.C., between Covington Catholic students, Elder Nathan Phillips and Black Hebrew Israelites the independent, third-party investigation is planned to begin this week. This is a very serious matter that has already permanently altered the lives of many people. It is important for us to gather the facts that will allow us to determine what corrective actions, if any, are appropriate.
We pray that we may come to the truth and that this unfortunate situation may be resolved peacefully and amicably and ask others to join us in this prayer.
We will have no further statements until the investigation is complete.