Coronado Mayor Condemns “Rush to Judgement” After Tortilla-Throwing Incident at Coronado High

Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey called on the Coronado Unified School Board to apologize Wednesday for what he calls a “rush to judgment” against Coronado High School’s basketball team.

The controversy began last month after Coronado won a home game against Orange Glen High School’s basketball team. After the match, athletes from the mostly Latino Orange Glen High School were pelted with tortillas. Coronado’s basketball coach was fired over the incident.

In the aftermath, the Coronado Unified School Board released a statement that said the incident was “fueled by racism, colorism and classism.” Mayor Bailey said that statement was released before any investigation or interviews of players had taken place and that the board could not have possibly known the motives at that time.

“There’s a big difference between unsportsmanlike conduct, unsportsmanlike conduct that is racially insensitive and a racially motivated act,” Bailey said at Wednesday's news conference. “These are the same student-athletes that nominated two players on their team — who are players that just happened to be Black and happened to be half-Black and half-Hispanic — to represent them as their team captains.”

Bailey has also condemned the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) for its response. The CIF recently stripped Coronado High School’s basketball team of its championship title and placed the school on probation as a result of the tortilla-throwing incident. The Coronado Unified School District is appealing that decision. Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to challenge the disciplinary action.

In addition to the appeal, the Coronado Unified School District has hired an outside investigator to look into the events.


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