>> Nick Sandmann, a high school teen at the center of this now viral video denies mocking the Native American-Vietnam veteran he's facing.>> Let's go.>> He says video of the incident was misinterpreted and that he and his fellow classmates were not instigators. The viral video that sparked outrage on social media shows the student's, many wearing President Trump's Make America Great Again hats, surrounding Nathan Phillips.
The teens from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky were in Washington, DC on Friday, attending an anti-abortion rally.>> Our boys were targeted, they were targeted from the get go. Immediately, there were all these people running around filming.>> Chaperones for the students say the confrontation began when another group of African-American protesters starting yelling racially charged insults at the boys.
>> Our boys did nothing. No violence. They did not attack those gentlemen.>> Philips, an elder of Nebraska's Omaha tribe and a well-known activist, says he saw the encounter and inserted himself between the two groups hoping to diffuse the situation>> I just wanted God to look at my American country and see what's happening here.
God look at this.>> In a statement, Sandmann says quote, I believe that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to diffuse the situation. I said the silent prayer that the situation would not get out of hand. Sandmann says since the video went viral, he's received death threats.