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Some locals believe Coronado basketball coach firing isn’t enough

The fallout continues over an incident that many are calling racist, at a Coronado championship recreation that ended with folks throwing tortillas at Orange Glen High.

CORONADO, Calif. — There continues to be lots of heated response concerning the firing of the Coronado High School basketball coach. Some are stunned on the firing whereas others say that motion doesn’t go far enough.

David Roberts was on the CIF championship recreation Saturday, the place his former Coronado High School basketball group confronted off in extra time towards Orange Glen High School of Escondido, who lost by 3 factors. 

Roberts mentioned that every one recreation lengthy, tensions have been excessive and tortillas introduced by a fan have been then thrown by different followers and group members on the largely Hispanic Orange Glen group. 

Those have been actions that the Coronado group captain Wayne McKinney apologized for.

“The throwing of the tortillas after the game and the scuffle was unsportsmanlike and inexcusable, and on behalf of the team we apologize for the action,” McKinney mentioned.

Also on the Coronado Unified School District meeting, the board voted unanimously to fireplace the Boy’s Basketball Head Coach JD Laaperi.

“We are excited about the first step, which was to fire the coach because the coach is the gravity of all the incidents that happened on Juneteenth,” mentioned Yusef Miller of the San Diego Racial justice coalition.

News 8 reached out to Coach Laaperi for a response, however he didn’t reply. 

“He received fired, and there is nothing I can do about it. If folks wish to convey him again that is as much as them, however you recognize on this day in age on the subject of racial stuff, it’s extremely reactive,” mentioned David Roberts, a former Coronado High School Basketball group Center, who mentioned he received the Sportsmanship Award final year when his group additionally performed within the CIF Championship.

While some Coronado college students argue the tortillas thrown had no racial intent, others differ and say firing the coach will not be enough, the scholars have to be held accountable and a few want for his or her CIF successful title to be stripped.

“This is bigger than just bad sportsmanship. That’s racist, and they need to be held accountable, so that all these other schools that think it’s funny to make fun of the team’s race, now you know what is coming and you can get in trouble,” mentioned Maya Figure, an Orange Glen Alumni of the Class of 2019.

Activist Shane Harris calls this a teachable second.

“That’s a good first start, I think Coronado needs to invest in a restorative justice round table, and I have already been in talks with the San Diego County Office of Education, and they have agreed to provide the space for that dialogue to happen between both teams,” Harris mentioned.

Miller mentioned there must be a coverage and curriculum change.

The Escondido Union High School District will maintain a particular board meeting Thursday at 5:45 p.m. to convey forth a decision denouncing racism.

WATCH RELATED: Community outraged after Coronado High college students throw tortillas at Orange Glen athletes after basket (June 2021)

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