San Diego County Human Relations Panel Meets Monday to Discuss Basketball Game in Coronado – Times of San Diego

The Coronado High School boys basketball team after winning the San Diego championship earlier this month. Photo courtesy of the high school

A San Diego County commission will hold a special meeting Monday in response to an incident in which tortillas were flung at a largely Latino team when it lost a championship basketball game at Coronado High School.

The Human Relations Commission said it “is concerned and seriously disturbed following reports of recent hate incidents associated with the recent athletic event between Orange Glen High School and Coronado High School this past Saturday … and the related characterizations.”

The 27-member commission is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Monday via Zoom.

The June 19 incident at the California Interscholastic Federation Southern California Boys Basketball Division Regional 4-A Championship has received national attention, with investigations being conducted and public meetings held by school district boards.

Multiple agencies, organizations and officials have weighed in on the controversy, from Coronado’s school board, which fired coach J.D. Laaperi, to state Sen. Ben Hueso, who called for the CIF to strip Coronado of its championship.

On Saturday, dozens of Orange Glen supporters marched along Orange Avenue in Coronado, some carrying a large Mexican flag. They decried what they saw as a racist act and called for the team to forfeit the game.

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