Protesters call on Coronado High School to abandon title
Coronado-Dozens of protesters took to the streets of Coronado on Saturday, calling for punishment of the Coronado High School basketball team in response to the controversial tortilla throwing incident.
The video of the incident last weekend showed that after losing the championship game with Coronado High School, the Orange Glen High School basketball team was thrown tortillas. The team was mainly Latino.
Protester Tasha Williamson (Tasha Williamson) said: “You tell me that it takes half a season, a season for children to transfer from school to school, but racists and children who choose to do racist things have nothing.
Protesters who marched on Saturday said the Coronado team should be deprived of the CIF title. The demonstrations triggered intense exchanges between some protesters and Coronado residents.
“I did not participate in the competition, but I can tell you that if I play a tough game, I will be heartbroken, I will play the game, do my best, and in the end someone does something that doesn’t respect everything. It happened in that stadium and now my title is taken away. This shouldn’t happen,” Coronado resident Chuck Gosacchi said.
Gossage said he agreed that the incident was shameful, but didn’t think Coronado should lose the title.
Carliss Stegall, the mother of the Orange Glen player, attended the parade on Saturday and said that last weekend’s event did not look like a celebration, as the person who brought the tortillas to the game described it.
“This is a celebration, or something to celebrate, or an action…. If you want to throw confetti, then throw confetti. If you throw confetti, you just throw it in the air, you don’t Will actually launch it to people,” Stegall said.
Coronado alumnus Luc Serna told FOX 5 last week that he brought tortillas to the competition because he wanted to inherit the celebration tradition of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and he also participated in the competition. He denied that the behavior was racist.
Some protesters believe that the tradition itself is rooted in racism and that adults in the game should be more sensitive to race.
“You have to think as an adult. You know these are Latino and these are Hispanics. This may be a bit offensive, so we probably shouldn’t do that,” Stegall said.
The director of the Coronado Unified School District, Karl Mueller, wrote to CIF and stated that the school district’s investigation revealed regrettable behavior between both teams. So far there is no evidence that the Coronado team should abandon the game.
CIF said it is closing its investigation.
The San Diego County Human Relations Committee will hold a special meeting on Monday to deal with the tortilla throwing incident.