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San Diego HS Football Team Sanctioned for Racist Social Media Posts

A San Diego Catholic high school football team has been sanctioned after players posted racially charged photos aimed at a mostly-Latino rival high school.

According to a report from the San Diego Union-Tribune, the San Diego City Conference place Cathedral Catholic High’s football coach on a two-game suspension and placed the team on probation for two years for the posts made on social media.

san diegoThe incident stems from when Cathedral Catholic and Lincoln High School squared off against one another on the gridiron in April. Players and coaches from Lincoln learned of a Cathedral player sharing social media posts that showed someone wearing a shirt that read, “Catholics vs. Convicts III.” Another depicted Cathedral players making gang signs.

The first post was a reference to the controversial slogan used to hype up the 1980s matchups between Notre Dame and the University of Miami football, which culminated in a 2016 ESPN documentary, “Catholics vs. Convicts.”

According to a report on CruxNow.com, The San Diego City Conference has ordered the Cathedral Catholic to implement a restorative education system. Shortly after the game, Cathedral Catholic issued an apology for the social media photos but declined to say whether the students who wore the T-shirts had been suspended.

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Cathedral Catholic High is a private school in Carmel Valley that enrolls about 1,600 students. The school charges $20,000 in annual tuition, although 35 percent of its students receive financial aid.

Lincoln, a San Diego Unified school, enrolls about 1,400 students; 87 percent are from low-income families. About 18 percent of Lincoln students are Black and 71 percent are Hispanic.

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