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SACRAMENTO -The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) stripped Coronado High School of their California Boys Basketball Division 4-A Regional Championship title after some Coronado fans threw tortillas at the predominantly Latino Orange Glen High School team on June 30. 

Coronado High School played their championship game on their home court against Orange Glen on June 19. After Coronado won, a couple of students from Coronado rained down tortillas from the stands and the sidelines onto the Orange Glen team. 

Over 55% of Coronado’s students are white additionally, as of 2018, 87% of Orange Glen is Hispanic. The school currently holds a California Seal of Biliteracy, meaning they are recognized for “graduating high school students who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English,” specifically in Spanish.

The head basketball coach at Coronado, JD Laaperi, as well as a fellow student condemned the act during an emergency Coronado Unified meeting, disappointed by the racism shown at the high school.

Community outrage and an investigation followed. A little over a week later, the CIF released a press statement following board meetings over how best to discipline the offending team. 

“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 CIF State Executive Director reiterates that discriminatory and racially insensitive behaviors toward an opponent contravene the principles of education-based athletics,” said the statement. 

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

The CIF mapped out seven sanctions to be imposed on the Coronado basketball team ㅡ sportsmanship, racial/cultural sensitivity training and community service. 

However, not everyone is pleased with the punishment, as some expressed it to be too harsh or not targeted at the right people. 

As of now, Laaperi has been fired and Coronado High School is on probation until 2024

Scriberr News reached out to Orange Glen High School and Coronado High School for comment. Neither has responded.

Written ByCynthia Zelaya

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