The Sanger High School football team traveled 3 hours north to the De La Salle High School in Concord, Bay Area on Tuesday, ready to play with their hearts in the state quarterfinals.
The parents were then shocked to hear alleged racist comments against them and their children.
Fans of both teams were sharing a stand and moments before the game, Sanger’s parent, Chris Martin, approached someone working in the press box, repeating the opposing team.
He says the conversation left him uncomfortable.
“The feeling I kept getting from him was that he kept referring to the color of the tan, like ‘Oh, it must be very hot out there, everyone I see has a tan,'” says Martin.
As soon as the game started, the tension was felt on the field and in the stands.
“Some of them called our kids ‘Edgar’ and ‘Juan’ and ‘Do you need a burrito?'” Says Martin.
Eventually, Sanger lost 3-4 and as everyone was getting ready to leave, the man who initially approached Martin and many parents returned, and they say, shouted racist comments.
“It’s just shouting, ‘This is America.’ You have to learn English “to one of the dark-skinned fathers and his son, one of our team heroes,” says Martin.
The Sanger community was speechless.
The Sanger Unified School District issued a statement saying it is a vibrant and diverse school district that values every student and has zero tolerance for any action that degrades, dishonors or devalues their enormous diversity.
De La Salle High School President David Holkin said such statements would be reprehensible and unacceptable.
“We spoke to CIF and the director of Sanger High and people here as we continue our investigation,” said Holquin.
Martin and other parents say the drive home on Tuesday afternoon was even more intense as they thought about the offensive words and the experience.
Action News contacted the California Office of the Interdepartmental Federation and received no response.
This is an ongoing research.
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