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Greenbrier suspends 18 soccer players

Underage drinking might curtail Wolfpack season

Thursday, March 21, 2013 3:27 PM
Last updated Friday, March 22, 2013 10:55 AM
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Eighteen Greenbrier High School boys soccer players were suspended this week and kicked off the team for drinking alcohol while on a school-sponsored team trip.

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Columbia County school Superintendent Charles Nagle said the student-athletes are currently on 10-day suspensions.   CREDIT
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Columbia County school Superintendent Charles Nagle said the student-athletes are currently on 10-day suspensions.

The suspensions came with the recommendation for long-term suspension.

“Eighteen students out of the 25 on the boys team have either admitted to or have been implicated by others in their testimony and evidence and statements by others that did participate in illegal drinking while on a school-sponsored trip,” Columbia County school Superintendent Charles Nagle said at a news
conference Thursday.

More than underage drinking was involved, however.

“I was told that two students admitted to – and I don’t know how that came about – but they admitted to smoking spice, which is a synthetic marijuana,” Nagle said.

The students are on a 10-day suspension pending a school disciplinary hearing, which Nagle said is expected to be held next week.

“We may allow any of those who did admit to go ahead and waive their rights to a hearing, and we will place them immediately in the alternative school so they don’t miss any school time,” Nagle said.

Students who waive their right to a hearing could start at the alternative school as early as Monday, Nagle said.

The incident took place when the soccer teams traveled to Jekyll Island, Ga., for a tournament March 14-16. The drinking reportedly took place mainly in hotel rooms during the tournament.

The incident came to the attention of school administrators through posts on a Twitter account. The school safety officer looked into Twitter accounts and social media.

“Students started being questioned … they admitted their participation in what had taken place in hotel rooms,” Nagle said.

Because of the illegal activity, additional reporting was needed.

“We did call the sheriff’s department, and the sheriff’s department made a type of incident report to acknowledge that this was reported,” said Nagle, who added that it was out of the county’s jurisdiction and that because it occurred during the weekend, there was no physical evidence.

Nagle, who said he was devastated and disappointed by the “bad decisions made by a group of young men,” said others should pay heed.

“We hope this does send a message to everyone else that you’re not above following the code of conduct and our expectations if you want to represent this school system,” the superintendent said.

The suspensions cast a pall over Class AAAAA’s No. 2-ranked Wolfpack (7-0-2), which is scheduled to play host to No. 1-ranked McIntosh (12-0) at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Officially, the Wolfpack still can clinch first place in Region 2A-AAAAA with a win in one of its next two region games against Lakeside or Grovetown.

Telephone calls to school administrators were not returned Thursday.

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augustarookie
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augustarookie 03/21/13 - 10:06 pm
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Who cares?

Is soccer a real game anyway?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/21/13 - 10:52 pm
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ha, ha

But, if you had a child you shuffled back and forth to practice, well you may have a different take.

But I hear ya!!! There is only one true sport and that is NASCAR!!!

paladin5
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paladin5 03/21/13 - 11:31 pm
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THEY GOT CAUGHT......

They got caught and now the disciplinary action is justified. If you lose your players to Misconduct other schools should not compensate the losers by balancing the teams.

If college and professional teams can discipline athletes regardless of the impact on their game and the institution (read Spurrier, Richt, Savan), then Self-Discipline needs to start some where.

While no schools are exempt, most of my MIPs come from Greenbrier. Spring Break is coming and summer; we will get our share of MIPs and my old writing hand will ache and we will be calling the parents at all hours. Quiet a few of these MIPs drove to the party location; think about that.

I haven't lost any sleep over these violators. I played 4 sports in HS and 2 in college. Self-Discipline is the toughest discipline for a young athlete.

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bumblebeerose 03/22/13 - 03:36 am
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I would have been Kicked out of School

@ Young Fred
I would have been kicked out of school and not let come back ever!! I look at the things I did and wonder how I made it through.

Kicked off the soccer team: Yes

Suspended for 10 days: Yes

Alternative School: No

Just my thoughts

WAG
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WAG 03/22/13 - 07:41 am
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Oh I am just so sorry these

Oh I am just so sorry these little brats got caught. And I am appalled that people on here think the punishment is too harsh. Not! They got just what they deserved. They chose to break rules and laws. Maybe this will teach them life has rules . Follow them! They make Greenbrier look real classy! Mommy and Daddy need to quit trying to make so much money and stay and teach their kid to respect the law!

csrareader
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csrareader 03/22/13 - 07:55 am
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"How do y'all feel about the

"How do y'all feel about the three teams left they have to play, only using their JV players against them since Greenbrier is going to have to use their JV players?"

Are you serious? I'm quite certain that the remaining teams will do all they can to beat Greenbrier, no matter who is wearing the uniforms. The lesson learned is that these type of immature actions hurt not only the players, but also the team. No one has a "right" to be on a high school athletic team, but rather it is a privilege. When you do something stupid and immature, you forteit that privilege.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/22/13 - 08:09 am
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Man, you people are brutal!

Man, you people are brutal! It’s obvious that a little envy has seeped into certain peoples opinions.

Punish them? Yes. But I heard that a few are looking at losing scholorships. That is just too harsh! I don’t care what kind of issues you have with that section of town!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/22/13 - 08:26 am
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Alternative School

I wonder what school name they put on the alternative school diplomas.

razordog
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razordog 03/22/13 - 08:38 am
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Don't do the crime...

if you can't do the time. If you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough! Loose lips sink ships. The list goes on, and on, and on.

csrareader
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csrareader 03/22/13 - 08:39 am
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"But I heard that a few are

"But I heard that a few are looking at losing scholorships. That is just too harsh!"

Whatever potential scholarship money that may be lost is between the players and the colleges. It has no bearing on any punishment levied by the high school. If a college coach feels this is an isolated incident and still wants the player, this incident won't mean anything. If the college coach places a high priority on character and doing the right thing, then yes, this may impact potential scholarship money. However, that is something the players should have thought about BEFORE doing something illegal. It's not like they haven't had the opportunity to see the results of simliar actions in the past (see Lakeside baseball last year).

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seenitB4 03/22/13 - 09:05 am
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I blame it on the internet

Too much info put on twitter---glitter--FB--and all.....one day some will learn that you just can't blabber all over the net.....
too harsh imo....

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/22/13 - 09:37 am
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Suspension

I'm having a hard time reconciling these statements from Supt. Charles Nagle. First this:

The suspensions came with the recommendation for long-term suspension.

Next, this:

“We may allow any of those who did admit to go ahead and waive their rights to a hearing, and we will place them immediately in the alternative school so they don’t miss any school time,” Nagle said.

When we read that a student has been suspended from school, is that some kind of secret code for being transferred to the alternative school? In the world of eduspeak, does the word "suspended" now mean "transferred?"

Many students find the alternative school to be high-quality and preferable to their zoned school. It is no punishment to attend the alternative school. If school authorities hold press releases and say a student is suspended, the public at large believes he cannot attend public school for the suspension period. If the kid is in alternative school, the public is being duped by the eduspeak.

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itsanotherday1 03/22/13 - 10:00 am
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I'm with RM, Fiat, and YF on

I'm with RM, Fiat, and YF on this. They broke the rules and should take the punishment; but the punishment seems equivalent to taking away your driver's license and impounding your car for a speeding ticket.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/22/13 - 10:17 am
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“Maybe the West

“Maybe the West Augusta\Evans\Columbia County parents need to get their noses out of the air”

“Those kids have nobody to blame but themselves. They are ruining their own lives. Good for the ones who talked. They knew they did wrong and they should be punished”

“they knew the rules (and the law)! They broke the rules and the law!”

“if you indulge in risky behavior and get caught, you often pay harsh consequences that mess up your athletic career and your future”

“Giving them a ticket to break all the rules just because they play on a team is wrong”

“They got caught and now the disciplinary action is justified”

“Oh I am just so sorry these little brats got caught. And I am appalled that people on here think the punishment is too harsh. Not! They got just what they deserved”

Have any of you old farts considered the deluge of imagery that is shoved at today’s kids through the media? Partying is shown as normal and everyday – something to be admired, not just shown as something to be admired, but suggesting that if you don’t mimick this behavior, you’re abnormal.

Nobody with sense is suggesting giving these kids a free pass. Anybody with sense is suggesting we step back, impress upon them seriousness of the infraction, and cut them just a little slack.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/22/13 - 10:45 am
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Punishment

If I read between the lines up above, the players got kicked off the team (for how long it doesn't say) and suspended from school, except they can go to alternative school if they want.

Now, for all who say that is too harsh a punishment, what would you rather see for the punishment? Put yourself in Charles Nagle's position and post your proposed punishment here on this thread.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/22/13 - 11:36 am
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Suspend them from all

Suspend them from all extracurricular activities for the remainder of the year.

PUPPYMOMMA
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PUPPYMOMMA 03/22/13 - 11:41 am
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It's not nice to call someone

It's not nice to call someone an "old fart". If something had happened to one of those kids while drinking on a school sponsored function, you can bet there would be a lawsuit. Who provided enough alcohol for eighteen underage kids?

csrareader
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csrareader 03/22/13 - 12:26 pm
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As an "old fart" who was at

As an "old fart" who was at one time a "young fart," I understand that "young farts" often make irrational decisions in spite of the best efforts of "old farts." I also understand, however, that "young farts" who make irrational decisions must be prepared to live with the punishment that is handed down by "old farts." If they are lucky enough to live long enough to be "old farts," then they will have ample opportunity to adjust the rules if they so desire. In the meantime, the "old farts" are in charge and the "young farts" have no alternative but to pay for their "young fart" mistakes.

Buckys Friend
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Buckys Friend 03/22/13 - 12:54 pm
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Well, YOUNG FRED... I am by

Well, YOUNG FRED...
I am by no means an "old f--t". Turned out pretty good actually thanks to my parents. Just like my child did thanks to me. What happened to this darn country. You can barely discipline children today, without getting reported to the police, or DEFACS. When you get older and your brain is mature, you make hopefully the right decisions in life. At this young age, I still maintain, that is is bad parenting skills.
And I would suspend them for the rest of the year.

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Riverman1 03/22/13 - 07:04 pm
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In Answer to LL

My coach in South Carolina would have run me so much that I puked, cried and begged in a most earnest way. Then he would have cussed me out and told me that I had better make good grades in Mr. Jarvis Algebra class. He knew if I made good grades in that class, I'd be fine in the rest. I would have not started the next football game and gotten my name announced, but would have entered at the end of the first quarter, if the game was close. The school authorities would have NOT gotten involved. My principal would have warned me also if he were able to get close to me. I would be avoiding him for a few weeks.

ChristLike
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ChristLike 03/24/13 - 05:03 am
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They need to be punished!

I am appalled at the comments stating alternative school is to harsh! I think not! These kids knew better! What if one of them had died or gotten sick from alcohol poisoning? Then everyone would be crying where were the adults? Then next would have been lawsuits! Also why didn't the adults or chaperones check on them during the night? My opinion the punishment is just! Alcohol and drugs among our teens today is ridiculous!

puppydog
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puppydog 03/24/13 - 11:28 am
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Stop defending and condoning breaking the rules

They would be Placed on probation and have to attend court in front of a judge if this had happened in Columbia County instead of out if town. Ask all the other CC students who are currently on probation for MIP, which is illegal & Against the law , some of you seem to forget. You are also naive & ill- informed if you do not realize that times have changed from back when we were kids. Back then, you never heard of DUI, back then you could drive around with a bottle of beer In your hand, back then you could drink at 18. All of these laws were changed and/or became stricter fora reason- namely, for public safety.

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puppydog 03/24/13 - 11:37 am
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Riverman, you've got to be kidding!

I can't believe you would actually suggest that the other teams play their JV players since Greenbriar is having to due to their own players breaking the rules & the law. Do you think that when MArk Richt or SteveSpurrier suspend players for similar offenses, that Univ of FL, LSU , Alabama or whoever they're playing is going to use their 2nd string or benched players?!!! No way!

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