The original news was that the students, including Nicholas Sandmann, confronted and accosted Nathan Phillips by swarming him and threatening him in a physical manner and blocking him and refusing to allow him to retreat.
Video showed that prior to the interaction with Phillips, the kids were taunted by a group of black preachers using homophobic slurs. The kids sat down and did some school chants to try to avoid the situation. Nathan Phillips went up to the group of kids banging on his drum and chanting. They did not confront Phillips
There is a big disparity between what was initially reported by news (and along with that the condemnation and attacks on the kids, including death threats), and what actually happened.
This is largely true. I don’t think much of those kids for various reasons, including some caught on tape, but “prove they’re angels” is rediculous. They shouldn’t need to. They’re kids. And initial reports painted them in a far worse light than their verifiable actions deserve. The real problem, though, is our national obsession with minutiae and anecdote; rather than collection of large amounts of data and evidence relating to pressing issues of the day, and dispassionate and logical analysis of said evidence and data.