August 17, 2017 02:45 PM
Jarrod Kuhn, a graduate of Honeoye Falls-Lima schools, was pictured marching with a torch in Charlottesville, Virginia Friday night.
The photo of the 21 year old was plastered around the village on a flier.
Wednesday, News10NBC reached out to his family and in a phone conversation. His father confirmed the picture and said Jarrod went to Charlottesville to protest the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee.
"He was simply there to preserve history," his father said. "He is not a neo-Nazi as people are claiming.”
His father also said: "He's being painted as some type of neo-Nazi and that is so far from the truth."
The picture of Jarrod Kuhn at the Friday night torch march first appeared on Facebook. One page that showed the photo is run by a group called "Anti-Fascist News." The other Facebook page it appeared on belongs to a former classmate at Honeoye Falls-Lima.
As of Wednesday at noon, the classmate's post has generated more than 40 comments.
The photo shared on Facebook was then made into a flier and dropped off at homes in the village of Honeoye Falls. The flier is titled "No Nazis in our neighborhood."
Jarrod Kuhn's father declined our request to talk to him and Jarrod on camera. He did say that since the picture of his son was shared on Facebook his family has received death threats.
Jarrod's father says he has "stayed up all night" to protect his "house and family."
Jarrod Kuhn's father says Jarrod also attended the protest on Saturday in Charlottesville. He says Jarrod was "spit on, hit and hit in the back with a brick."
At that moment, he says Jarrod decided to leave the protest.
"This is so far over the top," Jarrod's father said. "We just want to be left alone."
Statement from Honeye Falls mayor
Honeoye Falls Community: Last evening papers were posted around the village that specifically named a local person and detailed this persons alleged involvement with Nazis protests.
While I will publicly state that I condemn racial bigotry, Nazis and white supremacy actions and any actions that do not treat all people with respect and dignity, I will also say publicly and officially that the Village will not allow illegal posts to be published around our community. We do not want to stoop to that level.
The Monroe County Sheriff's have been contacted and the Village will support their actions/findings.
Richard B. Milne, Mayor
Updated: August 17, 2017 02:45 PM
Created: August 16, 2017 05:10 PM
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