Latest: Coronado school board apologizes for tortillas thrown at Orange Glen basketball players
CORONADO, Calif. – Officials have opened an investigation into an incident that occurred in the aftermath of a championship basketball game between Coronado High School and Orange Glen High School on Saturday night.
Video shows tortillas being thrown onto the court and at Orange Glen players after Coronado High won the game. Orange Glen serves predominantly Latino students.
The Coronado Unified School District Governing Board said Monday that it will hold a meeting Tuesday to address the incident and consider additional actions against those involved.
“The Trustees of the Coronado Unified School District acknowledge these acts to be egregious, demeaning, and disrespectful. We fully condemn the racism, classism, and colorism which fueled the actions of the perpetrators,” a letter obtained by FOX 5 said.
In a statement the California Interscholastic Federation said it prohibits, “Discrimination or any acts that are disrespectful or demeaning toward a member school, student-athlete, or school community.”
CIF said it would be working with administrators from both schools to investigate the incident.
Coronado Police responded to help clear people out of the gym after the game.
“We are extremely disturbed by the behavior of some of those attending last night’s basketball game. Their actions are completely unacceptable,” the department said in a statement.
The police department promised to investigate the incident, and said they were able to identify the adult male who took the tortillas to the game.
California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez also weighed in, saying, “Coronado High School should be sanctioned by CIF or stripped of their championship. We should have universal condemnation of this activity.”