In January 2019 at March for Life in Washington, DC, Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann accidentally became famous and noticed by the media.
With his personal experience at the center of national controversy, Sandmann wrote an article in Daily mail to comment on what Kyle Rittenhouse is currently going through, sympathize with him and offer advice on what steps Rittenhouse can take next.
At the march, Sandmann had a meeting with Nathan Phillips, an elderly Native American and activist who was participating in the March of Natives taking place at the same time.
The encounter went viral on social media, quickly becoming a sensational news story. Many newspapers took the situation from a political perspective, and racist comments exploded. Sandmann found himself in the midst of a polarizing situation, even as many newspapers inaccurately reported the incident.
The outcry and public backlash has left teenagers frustrated by Twitter and other social media platforms. The result is, Sandmann was brutally targeted.
NICHOLAS SANDMANN: The corrupt liberal media have come to me, just as they have come to Kyle Rittenhouse https://t.co/1Swf6f5T01
– Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) November 16, 2021
Sandman said Fox News that his life was turned upside down, and now wherever he goes he is noticed and stared at.
“It happens everywhere I go… From within my community to different parts of the country. Wherever I go, someone points me out,” said Sandmann.
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He even received death threats and bomb threats.
Sandmann’s father, Ted Sandmann, testified before Kentucky lawmakers that, “My son, Nicholas Sandmann, was the victim of the most sensational Twitter attack on a minor child in the history of the Internet. “, follow WCPO-TV.
Drawing on his firsthand experience with media and social media stereotypes, Sandmann’s op-ed compares his experience to what Rittenhouse going through now.
Like Rittenhouse, Sandmann was also in his late teens when he became the focus of national media. He 16 years old when this incident happened to him. Rittenhouse 17 years old when he was drawn in Kenosha.
“The attacks on Kyle came from the national media, just as they came to me,” he wrote. “They came quickly, without hesitation, because Kyle was an easy target that they could paint however they wanted.”
Sandmann also sympathizes with Rittenhouse, knows what it feels like to be threatened and nationally recognized, but in the worst ways. He makes it clear how harmful it is when the media turns its back on an individual.
“From my own experience, the threats of death, the feeling of no future ahead, and the millions of people hating you, are enough to change you in many concrete and permanent ways,” Sandmann writes. “Make no mistake: even the strongest can’t resist the mental impact of a media war machine targeting you.”
Sandmann wants to make it clear to everyone and to Rittenhouse that he knows how terrible it can be to be targeted by the media, especially as a teenager.
“At the moment, I want to use my platform to let Kyle know that I am here for you and if you want to contact me, I am the only person our age with media ideas. through how. treatment for you. The way the media treats you is horrible, and you don’t have to face it alone,” Sandmann said.
However, Sandmann encouraged Rittenhouse, reminding him that while it is difficult, it is important to be accountable to the media. He noted that he is still involved in six media lawsuits, even though it has been almost three years since the incident.
“So if Kyle is about to take on another burden in his early life, accepting that it may not lead to any results, then I say, try and blame the world. media,” wrote Sandmann.
Now, Sandmann is known to many as the “Covington Kid”. And he knows that his notoriety may never go away.
“It’s a constant threat and it’s a terrible threat,” Sandmann said, according to Fox. “But you can’t choose to live your life in fear, or they won and they took your life.”
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