Columbia County authorities accused a Martinez woman Thursday of indirectly providing alcohol to four Lakeside High School baseball players.
Courtney Devin McIlwain, 23, of Villa Lane, was charged with providing alcohol to a minor.
The players were drinking the alcohol on a school bus Friday or Saturday as the varsity team traveled home from a late game against South Effingham County.
“As the students were exiting the bus and leaving at 1:30 in the morning (Saturday), they discovered that someone had gotten sick,” Lakeside High Principal Steven Rhodes said Tuesday. “The next day, after some kids came forward, they realized that alcohol was involved.”
Coaches uncovered the incident when they questioned players about why no one told them that a player had vomited, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office report.
Rhodes said the students were suspended and, as a consequence, were kicked off the team.
The players were cited Wednesday for possession of alcohol by a minor, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.
Also, a 16-year-old Martinez boy was charged Thursday with possession of alcohol by a minor for the same incident.
The 16-year-old was friends with the baseball players, Morris said. McIlwain gave the alcohol to the boy, who then gave it to a player.
Morris said he doesn’t expect any more arrests in connection to the incident.
The boy was released to his parents.
McIlwain, who turned herself in to authorities Thursday afternoon, was released after posting a $1,100 bond, Morris said.
Rhodes said he will recommend long-term suspension when the students go before a school system hearing officer next week.