A Southern California high school basketball championship game on Saturday escalated into a post-game racist incident as tortillas were thrown across the field.
Coronado High School defeated Orange Glen High School, 60-57, in overtime. A video posted on social media showed coaches from both high schools engaged in an altercation when tortillas were thrown at Orange Glen players, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
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Orange Glen High School is a predominantly Latin American school located in Escondido.
Coronado Police said they were investigating the incident. Police said they identified the man who had tortillas at the game and was not a student, according to FOX 5 San Diego.
Lizardo Reynoso, assistant coach at Orange Glen, told the station the team were still shaken by the incident.
“I thought it was like pita bread or something. [It] just starts coming towards us, and I’m like, “What is this? And more and more are starting to come towards us, and my wife says, ‘Oh, my God, they’re throwing tortillas,’ ”Reynoso said.
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“I know a lot of the guys on our team have been very offended and very hurt. I, myself, am 100% Mexican-American. Both my parents are from Mexico and I took it very hard. “
The Coronado Unified School District apologized to Orange Glen in a letter, according to FOX 5 San Diego.
“We fully condemn the racism, classism and colourism that fueled the actions of the authors,” the letter read.
Lorena Gonzalez, a member of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, called on the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) to put the hammer on Coronado.
“Summary: Coronado high school should be sanctioned by the CIF or forfeited its championship. We should have universal condemnation of this activity. Parents in SD County know that racist taunts against Latino athletes are all too common. It’s time to end it, ”Gonzalez tweeted on Sunday.
“If you think this is a ‘teaching moment,’ then make the lesson include real consequences for the close adults. “
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The CIF said it would investigate and take “appropriate next steps,” according to the newspaper.