Video Catches Tortillas Being Thrown at Predominantly Hispanic Athletes After High School Game

Tortillas were thrown toward a predominantly Hispanic high school basketball team after a playoff game on Saturday night, sparking outrage in two California communities and online.

A video posted to Twitter showed the Orange Glen and Coronado teams on the court along with some fans and coaching staff on Saturday night. Tortillas can be seen flying, and one person is heard saying: "What the heck, freakin' tortillas?"

The Escondido Union School District, of which Orange Glen High School is a part, serves a predominantly Hispanic population. The incident sparked controversy because people on social media and in the California communities found it to be racially insensitive.

"This behavior is reprehensible," Superintendent of Coronado Unified School District Karl Mueller wrote in a statement. "We cannot allow anyone in our community to be made to feel unwelcome and we send our deep and sincere apology to the Orange Glen community.

"The individuals who participated in these actions do not reflect our school district's values. I want to make it clear that there is no place for such conduct in Coronado Unified School District."

TO ALL ESCONDIDO/SAN DIEGO FELLAS‼️‼️
It hurt me personally seeing young athletes get treated like this… specifically The Orange Glen Boys Varsity Basketball Team! Coronado High School is DISGUSTING for throwing TORTILLAS at the Orange Glen Players! 😐 KEEP READING 👇 pic.twitter.com/RSJrZNE5q3

— denice 🌿 (@sanchezdeniseee) June 20, 2021

Mueller assured that swift action would be taken to hold the responsible parties accountable. The governing board of the district will meet on Tuesday to review early findings of the investigation, the board said in a statement.

"We fully condemn the racism, classism and colorism which fueled the actions of the perpetrators and fully support the statement by Superintendent Mueller released earlier this morning," the governing board wrote.

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) is reviewing the events after the regional championship game, which Coronado won 60-57 in overtime. The CIF said in a statement that it will be working with both schools to determine the next steps.

"It's disturbing. Our guys are still kind of bothered, especially a lot of our Hispanic guys, like why would they do that," Orange Glen assistant coach Lizardo Reynoso told CBS8. "They understand that there's a lot of racism and hate going on today, but to top that off with a defeat after working so hard all year, it's like a slap in the face."

Newsweek reached out to Coronado High School but did not hear back by publication time.

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Tortillas were thrown toward a predominantly Hispanic high school basketball team after a playoff game on Saturday night, sparking outrage in two California communities and online. Above, two high school basketball players fight for the ball on March 14, 2017, in Torrance, California. Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images