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Kentucky bishop apologizes for reaction to viral encounter

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A man places a sign showing support for the students of Covington Catholic Catholic High School in front of the Catholic Diocese of Covington in Covington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A northern Kentucky bishop has apologized for his diocese's reaction to a videotaped encounter last week at the Lincoln Memorial between a group of high school students and Native American marchers.

An initial joint statement from the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School on Saturday had condemned the students for their actions. A statement released Tuesday said the diocese would initiate a third-party investigation of the incident.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Most Rev. Roger Foys released a statement Friday apologizing to Covington families and to anyone offended by either statement. Foys says the diocese was "bullied" and reacted "prematurely."

The students were widely criticized after an online video appeared to show them mocking a Native American activist. Subsequent videos showed a more complicated three-way confrontation involving a black religious sect as well.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

Sleepy Eye Lafromboise, right, and his son Eshtakaba, both of the Sioux Nation, sing during a gathering of Native American supporters in front of the Catholic Diocese in Covington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)
Guy Jones, left, and a supporter of President Donald Trump named Don join hands during a gathering of Native American supporters in front of the Catholic Diocese of Covington in Covington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Jones organized Tuesday's gathering. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)
A man places a sign showing support for the students of Covington Catholic Catholic High School in front of the Catholic Diocese of Covington in Covington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)
A man places a sign showing support for the students of Covington Catholic Catholic High School in front of the Catholic Diocese of Covington in Covington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)
Sleepy Eye Lafromboise, right, and his son Eshtakaba, both of the Sioux Nation, sing during a gathering of Native American supporters in front of the Catholic Diocese in Covington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)
Sleepy Eye Lafromboise, right, and his son Eshtakaba, both of the Sioux Nation, sing during a gathering of Native American supporters in front of the Catholic Diocese in Covington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)
Guy Jones, left, and a supporter of President Donald Trump named Don join hands during a gathering of Native American supporters in front of the Catholic Diocese of Covington in Covington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Jones organized Tuesday's gathering. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)
Guy Jones, left, and a supporter of President Donald Trump named Don join hands during a gathering of Native American supporters in front of the Catholic Diocese of Covington in Covington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Jones organized Tuesday's gathering. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)