Oak Ridge high school student involved in alleged racial slurs against Buchanan female soccer players has been identified

COLVIS, Calif. — School officials say they have identified the student who made racist taunts toward black and Latino footballers at a high school game in the Sacramento area.

The victims play for Buchanan High’s women’s team.

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Officials at Oak Ridge High in the Sacramento area will not publicly release the student’s identity, but say they will ensure the actions are qualified as a hate crime and the student will receive full punishment .

The incident occurred during an away Division 1 championship game between Buchanan High School and Oak Ridge High School in the Sacramento area.

Two Buchanan High School football players were heckled by racist noises as they went to take their shots on goal.

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A student from the Oak Ridge side made monkey noises when Ciara Wilson, an African-American soccer player from Buchanan, approached the ball.

El Dorado Union High School District released a statement, saying in part, “A totally unprovoked and unacceptable explosion was made by an individual on the Oak Ridge side of the stands as the game progressed from overtime to penalty shootout. The This individual’s conduct does not represent the values ​​of our school, district or community.This explicitly racist action has diverted the attention of two outstanding teams of young female athletes.

“There is no place for this type of individual behavior in society,” said the principal of Oak Ridge High School.

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