“No, sir, I am not racist.
No, I don’t know the history of this.
I have no idea why this is being discussed.”
A group of high school students were among those who rallied in the street outside the home of the Revs.
William H. Evans, Jr., and Rev. James A. Ferguson Jr. in the village of Brookville to show their support for the students who are accused of attacking the Rev. Hillel Evans, a black man who has been in critical condition since the weekend.
A man, who asked not to be identified, said that the community of Brookland is being targeted.
“It’s not about us.
It’s about this man,” he said.
“This is the reason why we’re here.
The reason why people are so angry.
We are the people.”
Some residents said the incident should be a wakeup call to the community.
“What I’m seeing is that there is a lot of racism in our community,” resident Joe Kostka said.
“People are not listening to what they are told,” said resident Tania Bhatt.
“It’s a lot to take in.”
The Rev. Evans is charged with two counts of attempted murder and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
He was in critical but stable condition Saturday and is expected to make a full recovery.
Facebook page has been flooded with messages of support and support for their students.
One person posted a photo of Evans with his son, who had attended the school and was wearing a shirt that read “I love you, Dad.”
Another said he was proud of the students for standing up for themselves and supporting the families.
“If you have kids that are doing what they can, that’s the first thing to say,” he wrote.
“That’s the best thing that can come out of this.”
The Brookville Independent School District said in a statement that the school was “deeply saddened by the incident involving Rev. John H. H. James and Revs William H Evans, Sr., Jr., at Brookville High School.
The district said it was aware of the incident and the investigation is ongoing.