Coronado Police are investigating a protest at the town’s high school that ended in vandalism marked by racial slurs and symbols of hate.
It all started when five male students from Coronado High School posted a photo of themselves at a private party on Halloween night dressed in stereotypical Mexican costumes: sombreros, ponchos and painted mustaches. On the Monday after Halloween, protesters came to the school with signs, many of which contained racial slurs.
One of them said, “Is Coronado High racist? Are we surprised? Our culture is not a trend or a costume.
Protesters left racist slurs written in chalk on the sidewalk outside the school, including swastikas.
“I know there are no racist bones in any of their bodies,” said relative Olivia Hendrich, “However, timing and tone are just as important.”
By her timing and tone, she was referring to a June incident in which tortillas were thrown during a high school basketball game when Coronado High defeated Orange Glen High, which has many Hispanic students. Coronado came under fire after the incident.
“When we’re dealing with allegations of anything to do with race, especially the Hispanic community, maybe we should think twice before we do anything, in my opinion,” Hendrich said.
But she also said that you don’t fight hate with hate. She said those responsible for racist slurs and hate symbols have a right to be upset and have every right to speak out.
“I think the negative racial slurs that have been written about school is one step too many. We cannot say, “You have offended me; it’s racist ”, then write racist remarks about the school. Again, hatred breeds hatred. It is not grace. It is not love. It doesn’t show what you are. This is not the change you hope to see, ”she said.
In a letter to the community, the school principal wrote: “We fully and categorically denounce the actions of those responsible for this harmful behavior in our community.
The superintendent also pointed out in the letter that “when students are not on campus or representing our district in school-related activities, they are private citizens and out of our jurisdiction. “