Covington diocesan offices evacuated after ‘suspicious package’ found (UPDATED)
COVINGTON, Kentucky, January 23, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The main office of the Diocese of Covington was evacuated late Wednesday afternoon following the discovery of a "suspicious" package.
Journalists including a LifeSiteNews reporter were gathered at the chancery around 4:00 PM local time for interviews, but the building began rapidly emptying around 4:30 PM. At least one "suspicious package" was found on the grounds, a police officer on the scene told LifeSite. Emergency personnel are currently investigating.
Reporters were there to cover the ongoing scandal over a group of students from Covington Catholic High School accused of harassing an elderly Native American veteran at the March for Life last weekend. It was widely claimed that the initial video showed the students surrounding and taunting Nathan Phillips as he beat a drum, but additional video and firsthand accounts soon revealed Phillips was the one who waded into the group waiting for its bus and decided to beat a drum inches from student Nick Sandmann, and other adults who accompanied Phillips shouted racial taunts at the kids.
UPDATE, January 23 7:35 PM: The scene has been deemed clear, WLWT reports. Concern was sparked over receiving an unexpected package via a delivery service, with no accompanying note or information on where it came from. The package was determined to not be explosive and taken away, according to police. Police will continue to examine the surrounding area, but no additional security for the diocese is planned at this time.