A tough-fought Southern California highschool basketball championship recreation Saturday escalated right into a racist incident after the sport as tortillas have been thrown onto the courtroom.
Coronado Excessive College defeated Orange Glen Excessive College, 60-57, in time beyond regulation. Video posted on social media confirmed coaches from each excessive colleges stepping into an altercation when tortillas have been thrown at gamers from Orange Glen, in keeping with the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Orange Glen Excessive College is a predominantly Latin American college positioned in Escondido.
Coronado police stated they have been investigating the incident. Police stated they recognized the person who had tortillas on the recreation and he was not a scholar, in keeping with FOX 5 San Diego.
Lizardo Reynoso, an assistant coach at Orange Glen, informed the station the workforce was nonetheless shaken up over the incident.
“I believed it was like pita bread or one thing. [It] simply begins like coming in the direction of us, and I’m like, ‘What the heck?’ And an increasing number of begins coming in the direction of us, and my spouse goes, ‘Oh, my God, they’re throwing tortillas,’” Reynoso stated.
“I do know a whole lot of guys on our workforce have been very offended and really harm. Me, myself I’m 100% Mexican American. Each of my mother and father are from Mexico and I took that actually powerful.”
The Coronado Unified College District apologized to Orange Glen in a letter, in keeping with FOX 5 San Diego.
“We absolutely condemn the racism, classism, and colorism which fueled the actions of the perpetrators,” the letter learn.
Lorena Gonzalez, a member of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, referred to as on the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) to put the hammer on Coronado.
“Backside line: Coronado Excessive College ought to be sanctioned by CIF or stripped of their championship. We should always have common condemnation of this exercise. Mother and father in SD County know that racist taunts in opposition to latino athletes are too commonplace. It’s time to cease it,” Gonzalez tweeted Sunday.
“In the event you suppose it’s a ‘instructing second’ then have the lesson embody actual penalties for the close to adults.”
The CIF stated it will examine and take the “acceptable subsequent steps,” in keeping with the paper.