School: Racial slurs hurled in stands at football game
SAN CLEMENTE (CNS) — San Clemente High School officials have confirmed that a racial slur was directed at a student from San Diego’s Lincoln High and offensive comments were made in the stands toward visiting fans and students during a Sept. 13 football game between the schools.
San Clemente principal Chris Carter sent a letter Friday to the Lincoln and San Clemente high school communities that said “based on our extensive investigation, we were able to confirm that two individuals in the restroom used a racial epithet when addressing a Lincoln High School Student. In addition, statements we collected confirmed that derogatory words were heard in our bleachers.
“As the Principal of San Clemente High School, I, along with my administrative team, deeply regret the pain to both the individual students affected and the Lincoln High School community as a whole and extend our sincerest apologies.” The letter was reported in the Orange County Register.
“We could not identify the students, but it is believed that they were San Clemente students based on statements we received from both Lincoln High and San Clemente students,” said Capistrano Unified School District public information officer Ryan Burris.
Lincoln students and others had alleged that several Lincoln cheerleaders and students were the targets of the slurs and insults.
Last week, Lincoln Principal Stephanie Brown sent a letter to parents informing them that several students attending the game were “met with racial slurs by fans of the other team.”
Lincoln’s cheerleading squad left early because of the taunts, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
In the letter posted on Facebook, Brown said school officials were taking the incident very seriously and that a vice principal planned to interview all students involved to document the incident.