California high school stripped of basketball title after tortillas were thrown at opposing Latino players

“After a thorough review and analysis of the incident following the conclusion of the Division 4-A regional basketball championship game between Coronado High School and Orange Glen High School, the (California Interscholastic Federation) state executive director reiterates that discriminatory and racially insensitive behaviors toward an opponent contravene the principles of education-based athletics,” the federation stated in a news release.

Based on investigations of the incident, “The 2021 Southern California Boys Basketball Division 4-A Regional Championship is vacated,” the discharge states.

A high school basketball coach was fired after tortilla-throwing incident involving rival team

On June 19, Orange Glen High School’s predominantly Latino crew misplaced the championship sport to largely white Coronado High School.

After the sport, some members of the Coronado crowd threw tortillas at the opposing crew’s athletes following a number of heated disputes on the basketball courtroom, in response to witnesses and video footage.

The federation additional sanctioned Coronado’s basketball crew and positioned members on probation by way of the tip of the 2024 school 12 months, in response to the information launch.

The crew and its athletic employees are additionally required to finish a sportsmanship workshop, which incorporates coaching on racial and cultural sensitivity.

“In this instance, there is no doubt the act of throwing tortillas at a predominately Latino team is unacceptable and warrants sanctions,” the discharge states.

“The path towards real change comes with the development of empathy for those who are on the receiving end of this type of degrading and demeaning behavior, no matter the proffered intent of that behavior.”

The Escondido School Board, which manages Orange Glen High School, unanimously approved a decision final month denouncing racism and discrimination after the conflict.

The decision affirms the district’s assist for fairness, security, and the well-being of all college students. It additionally pledges to battle racism in all types to dismantle practices that restrict alternatives for college kids to obtain a secure and high-quality schooling.

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