Laguna Hills student disciplined for racist taunts at high school basketball game

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LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (KNX) — The Saddleback Valley Unified School District said Tuesday night it had identified a student caught on video making racist remarks from the stands at a basketball game Friday between Laguna Hills High School and Irvine’s Portola High School.

The student appeared to target Portola player Makai Brown, who is Black, with remarks such as “Where is his slave owner?” and “Chain him up!”

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The district disclosed that the student who made the remarks received “immediate and appropriate consequences,” but did not elaborate further.

According to The Orange County Register, unspecified disciplinary action was also taken against a Laguna Hills assistant basketball coach. Brown’s mother claimed in a post to her Instagram account that the team’s head coach, David Yates, and one of his assistants, instigated the racist comments.

Brown’s father was reportedly escorted from Friday’s game after getting into a verbal altercation with the unnamed assistant coach.

Yates remained varsity head coach for Laguna Hills as of Thursday and was expected to finish out the 2022 season.

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