More than half of Greenbrier High School’s boys varsity soccer team will finish the school year at the Columbia County Alternative School.
Eighteen of the team’s 25 players were kicked off the team and suspended from school last week pending a disciplinary hearing Friday morning.
Before the hearing, two players withdrew from the school system and 10 others waived their right to a hearing and opted to attend the alternative school.
The remaining six went before the school system hearing officer Friday. Four were ordered to attend the alternative school, while two were absolved of wrongdoing and allowed to return to Greenbrier.
The students were accused of drinking alcohol during a team trip to Jekyll Island for a tournament March 14-16. The drinking supposedly took place mainly in hotel rooms. Two of the players, Superintendent Charles Nagle said, also admitted to smoking spice, which is synthetic marijuana.
Principal Chris Segraves said he’s disappointed that his students were put in such a position by breaking the school system code of conduct, but he said he believes the students need to reap the consequences of their actions.
“This was their decision,” Segraves said, “They are the ones that put themselves in this position. And I’m sorry it happened.”
Students who are attending the alternative school “are not allowed to attend any function on campus until their suspensions are complete,” which includes proms, Nagle said, but seniors will be allowed to attend graduation if they’ve met the academic requirements.
Segraves said he and staff are reviewing and amending the school’s travel protocol.
He hopes other students take a lesson from this episode.
“I want folks to learn from it whether it is in our school or any other high school, that this type of action is just not accepted and there are consequences for it,” he said.