Nick Sandman Announces He’s Graduating, Going to College on a Scholarship

Friday, Covington Teen Nicholas Sandman announced:

Very excited to say I will be graduating!

After being told I would never get into college and my life was done, I’ll be going to an amazing school on a scholarship! Don’t back down and keep winning!

Several Twitter users offered their congratulations.

Congratulations! And thank you for taking a stand. I know it has been rough for you but you helped pave the way and give courage to others to do the same. One courageous act inspires others!

Congrats young man. You have a great future ahead of you. Keep fighting the good fight.

Congratulations, Nicholas! We’re behind you 100%.

Stay strong.

Congratulations! Remain courageous and fearless and you’ll do even greater things!

In January, Fox News reported CNN’s decision to settle a multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit filed by Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann is a big victory for the “little guy,” Cornell Law School professor William A. Jacobson told Fox News.

“It represents a rare example of a ‘little guy’ being able to stand up to a media behemoth,” said Jacobson, the founder of the law blog Legal Insurrection and former senior editor of the Harvard International Law Journal.

“If not for the aggressive, and presumably contingent fee, representation by famed attorney Linn Wood, the result may have been different,” he added.


Jacobson said the $250 million defamation suit was probably settled for at least seven figures but doesn’t expect the exact figure to ever be made public.

“The settlement amount is confidential, but likely was in the millions given the intrusive nature of discovery Sandmann’s attorneys would have into the CNN newsmaking process, and the cost of continued defense,” he said.

Sandmann was swept up in a controversy after a video clip depicted the “MAGA” hat-wearing student smiling at Native American Nathan Phillips, who was beating a drum and singing a chant as he was surrounded by Sandmann’s peers, who had joined in on the chant in front of the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

However, several mainstream media outlets — including CNN — portrayed the incident with Sandmann and the other teens as being racially charged before additional footage surfaced and showed that a group of Black Hebrew Israelites had provoked the confrontation by slinging racial slurs at the students.

Footage then showed Phillips, who was in town for the Indigenous Peoples March, approaching the students amid the rising tension between the two groups.

Attorney Robert Barnes represents other Covington families who are seeking damages against members of the media over the incident. He told Fox News that the cases “shape the future of media in the social media age” and reporters need to be aware of CNN’s decision.