Coaches investigated for blackface costumes

Coaches investigated for blackface costumes

SAN DIEGO — Junipero Serra High School football coaches were under investigation after a picture of them in Halloween costumes with blackfaces was posted on Facebook.

Head football coach Brian Basteyns and assistant coach Harold Seeley are seen with their faces painted black to look like members of a Jamaican bobsled team, made famous in the movie “Cool Runnings.”  Coach Chris Herrin is also seen in the picture, but his face was not painted.

The picture was removed from Facebook after concerned parent Sally Smith saw it.  She is calling for Basteyns to be fired.

“I was shocked,” Smith said.  “This is just the tip of the iceberg.  This behavior of dressing in blackface shows disrespect and poor judgment.”

Coaches under fire after blackface costumesSan Diego Unified School Board of Education John Evans learned about the photo Tuesday morning and confirmed an investigation is underway.

“We hold our staff to high standards in the community…

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