School: Racial slurs hurled in stands at foot­ball game

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - News -

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.

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