March for Life Catholic schoolboy suing newspaper for $250 million

March for Life Catholic schoolboy suing newspaper for $250 million February 20, 2019

Nicholas Sandmann, 16, above, and his family have filed a lawsuit against The Washington Post. They are seeking $250 million in both compensatory and punitive damages.

The lawsuit claims that the Post:

Wrongfully targeted and bullied Nicholas because he was the white, Catholic student wearing a red ‘Make America Great Again’ souvenir cap on a school field trip to the January 18 March for Life in Washington, D.C.

It adds that the Post engaged in:

A modern-day form of McCarthyism.

And it goes on to say that the newspaper

Ignored basic journalist standards.

Sandmann, 16, is the Covington Catholic High School junior at the center of a controversy after his face was splashed across social media, along with Native American protester Nathan Phillips.

Attorneys Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry said it’s their first lawsuit on behalf of Sandmann’s family, and additional lawsuits will likely be filed.

Kristine Coratti Kelly, Vice President of Communications for the Post said:

We are reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and we plan to mount a vigorous defense.

Sandmann was one of a group of students bused to Washington to attend an annual March for Life trip which coincided with an Indigenous Peoples March.

Viral videos show students from the all-boys high school involved in an incident with  Native American elder Phillips during a trip to the nation’s capital. The videos sparked a social media firestorm, with many calling out the young boys for their treatment of the elder.

But lengthier video was released in later days that appears to show a different story.

An independent, third-party investigation — commissioned by the Diocese of Covington — found the students made no offensive or racist statements toward Phillips or anyone who was with him that day.

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  • Broga

    Extraordinarily sensitive, aren’t they? Or is it a cynical chance of getting a shed load of cash?

  • Etranger

    I did not read the Washington Post’s coverage but the tv news media definitely didn’t do a good job with this particular story. True, the kid’s obviously a pr*ck but probably didn’t deserve the coverage he got. If only everyone every maligned by the public undeservedly had the means to hire PR firms and lawyers!

  • Raging Bee

    What, giving the kid the trophy for Most Punchable Face of 2019 isn’t compensation enough?

    Seriously, IMO the only defense this kid has is that he was a minor at the time and may not have been mature enough to understand how his behavior would look on public media. But that’s not the media’s fault, it’s more the fault of his so-called teachers and role-models, who went out of their way to take him to a public protest rally without bothering to advise him on how to behave in front of the cameras.

  • Raging Bee

    What?! They’re CHRISTIANS! They don’t think about lowly worldly things like that!

  • ephemerol

    I’m curious to know whose idea this was. His parents’ idea? A gamble by Wood & McMurtry? Or some other rightwing group acting as a silent partner? It’s almost certainly not the kid’s idea.

  • Tawreos

    They shouldn’t care bout the world’s opinion of them either then since only god’s opinion should matter to them.

  • Tawreos

    It might be coming from the PR firm the parents hired to get their little assholes out of trouble. A big splashy announcement about a lawsuit and a quiet withdrawal of it somewhere down the road is just another way to “prove” innocence.

  • ephemerol

    Oh, yeah, you are probably right…

  • Raging Bee

    It could just as easily have been the kid’s own idea. Getting embarrassed, throwing a tantrum, and screaming about suing someone aren’t exactly complicated tasks a teenager can’t do — especially a white teenager reacting to his first real exposure to outsiders who don’t see him as he sees himself.

  • Broga

    He certainly didn’t decided on $250 million. He may be lapping up the publicity now but he can have no idea what he has got himself into.

  • Raging Bee

    “Not doing a good job” isn’t the same as “defamation,” especially when, at the very least, the Post made no provable attempt to actually paint a single false picture of the kid, and no visible effort to cover up or hide any allegation that conflicted with their intended picture. If the Post admitted that other people disputed their narrative, and allowed at least some of their contrary allegations to be printed, than IMNEO they’re pretty much in the clear legally.

  • Etranger

    Yep – nothing contrary to what I wrote…

  • barriejohn
  • sbh

    Has anybody else read the text of the lawsuit ( It’s long on political invective and short on substance. It also really tears into the Omaha tribal elder.

  • TrickyDicky

    CHRISTIANS?, I thought they were catholics! ;<)

  • laura1919

    My thoughts exactly. If their legal counsel is as inept at law as they are with historical references, they don’t stand a chance.

  • Evermyrtle

    Let us hope that there are millions of Catholics, who are Christian but remember CHRIST-ians are followers of JESUS CHRIST, the only begotten SON OF GOD!” WE accept HIM as such and follow HIS teachings, which come from HIS and our, FATHER GOD and many of them can be found in any Christian Church, Baptist, Methodist and others!! We should never allow public or private opinion to turn us away from The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY or HIS SON!!!

  • Evermyrtle

    Right there is where the problems arise, “The opinion of man, not the “Opinion of GOD” WHICH, IN THE LONG RUN, THE ONLY ONE WHICH WILL COUNT!” HE will tell many “DEPART FROM ME, I NEVER KNEW YOU!~

  • Tawreos

    The opinions of non-existent deities does not interest me.

  • Scifry


  • Raging Bee

    Your USE of CAPSlock is astounDING.

  • Barry Duke

    True, the kid’s obviously a pr*ck. And here’s another


  • (((Hornèd Pontilibratificus)))

    Honestly, I pity people like her. LOL

  • Sophotroph

    Unfortunately, nobody knows the opinion of God. For reasons that might be because he’s imaginary, he’s never verifiably spoken to anyone, ever.

    Odd how if you get all the people God speaks to in a room, they never agree on what he said.

    I’m sure that’s just because they aren’t members of your church. You know, the only one that got it right.

    Just like all the others.

  • Raging Bee

    Which also raises the question: why are they suing the newspaper instead of the TV companies? Offhand, I’m guessing a reputable newspaper is more likely to have balanced discussions by various reporters and op-ed people, as opposed to the limited range of images and sound-bites you’d get on TV “news.”

    Kinda makes me wonder what that lot are really upset about…

  • Scifry

    Indeed. If only they would use some of that Sky Daddy time and energy to learn some Logic and reason..

  • (((Hornèd Pontilibratificus)))

    Each passing day that intellectually lazy people get away with not using their brains, the more certain they are they’ll never need to start.

  • Broga

    Everyone is an atheist for every religion except their own. Atheists just take one step further.

  • Broga

    And in its own way quite amusing and ensures that he will not be regarded seriously. I thought God, his son, and the Holy Ghost were one. He has left out the Holy Ghost.