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Claims of Students Quitting Because of Race Made About Chico High

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jan 22 2013 08:27:38 PM CST
CHICO, Calif. -

A Chico High School parent is claiming that her son and two of his teammates quit the school basketball team after experiencing racism.

This story was first reported in the Chico Enterprise-Record and since it was published it has caused a bit of controversy.

Chico High could soon have a lawsuit on their hands. 

School officials say Nicole Gordon complained that her son Derek Gordon and two other African-American basketball players were being mistreated because of the color of their skin.

Chico High Principal Jim Hanlon said otherwise, stating that this has nothing to do with race and everything to do with playing time.

Trevon Reid, Eli Penick, and Derrek Gordon quit the team back on Jan. 16.

Chico High Varsity Coach Kirk Bruchler keeps 15 players on the team.

"Five guys can only be out and there's always going to be playing time issues," said Hanlon.

 In his 12 years at Chico High, Hanlon said Bruchler would never do anything like isolating students based on race.

“I have 100 percent confidence in Kirk Bruchler.  He's coached at CHS for over 20 years.  He's done baseball and basketball and never had an issue," said Hanlon.

 The NAACP has confirmed that Nicole Gordon did call them on Jan. 16 but they said she has not filed a formal complaint.

We reached out to the ACLU as well after we were told Gordon contacted them too.  They have not responded.

We also tried calling Gordon and even went to her house Tues. but we were unable to reach her.

Coach Kirk Bruchler would not comment about this issue because of the potential lawsuit.