CovCath students say they're receiving death threats after viral video


    <p>Covington Catholic High School is set to reopen Wednesday morning. The school remains in the national spotlight amid a fury of criticism and social media outrage. Current CovCath students are speaking out in a YouTube video, saying they're receiving death threats. (YouTube/CJ Pearson){/p}

    COVINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) - Covington Catholic High School is set to reopen Wednesday morning. The school remains in the national spotlight amid a fury of criticism and social media outrage.

    Current CovCath students are speaking out in a YouTube video, saying they're receiving death threats.

    "Some of these threats include that we should all be locked inside the school and it should be burned to the ground, the school being bombed, school shooting threats, it's really scary,” said Sam Shroder, a current Covington Catholic student in a YouTube video he filmed with student Grant Hillmann.

    Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders told 700 WLW that law enforcement is taking the threats very seriously.

    “I take it as if it were a threat against my own child, and I know any other parent would feel the same way as I do, so this is very serious; this is no game, no joke and people will be dealt with,” said Sanders.

    Local freelance journalist Julie Zimmerman says it's time for everyone to take a step back.

    "If protagonists want to meet and talk about what happened, I read that Nathan Philips offered to come and meet with them. I think that's great, but as much as possible, if people can just walk away from this story, that's the best possible solution to it,” said Zimmerman.

    A Cincinnati resident, Zimmerman wrote an article for The Atlantic, saying the Covington controversy is a modern-day Ink Blot Test.

    “That’s why it sparked so much interest because it's good versus evil and lets us go to our corners and commune with the like-minded,” said Zimmerman.

    While Zimmerman initially condemned the students, her view changed as she watched more videos from the confrontation on The National Mall. While she believes the students aren't cleared of all fault, she encourages everyone to let the story play out.

    “I don't want to excuse what they did, but there are channels to discipline them and handle whatever they did wrong,” said Zimmerman.

    White House officials have reportedly reached out to some Covington Catholic students expressing their support, but many are still condemning the actions of some of the students.

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