Some of the Greenbrier High boys soccer players kicked off the team for drinking on a school-sponsored trip are balking at the suspensions, voicing their reactions on a social networking site that helped get them in trouble.
One suspended player posted to Twitter on Thursday: “all these ‘anonymous’ parents need to get a ... life and stop commenting on the articles. Big deal we went to an island and had fun.”
He later posted, “This is so stupid. Blowing this whole thing out of proportion. I have zero respect for greenbrier administration anymore.”
The same student also posted that he doesn’t blame anyone else for the incident: “Its not coach warren or coach balls fault were all held accountable for our decisions.”
Another student posted, “People act like the people who did wrong at jekyll are the worst people ever, i do believe ive seen all of yall drunk before.”
Eighteen players were suspended this week over an incident that happened while on Jekyll Island for a tournament March 14-16. The drinking reportedly took place mainly in hotel rooms. Two of the players admitted to smoking Spice, which is synthetic marijuana Columbia County school Superintendent Charles Nagle said during a news conference Thursday.
The incident came to the attention of administrators through posts on a Twitter account, and the school safety officer started looking into related social media posts.
The players were suspended for 10 days pending a school disciplinary hearing, which should be next week. Nagle said the system would allow any of them waiving a hearing to begin attending the alternative school Monday.
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office personnel are looking into how the students obtained the alcohol and drugs.
“The school is handling the students, and we will continue our investigation on who supplied the contraband items,” sheriff’s Maj. Rick Whitaker said Friday.
The suspensions put a damper on Class AAAAA’s No. 2-ranked Wolfpack (7-0-2), who are scheduled to play host to No. 1-ranked McIntosh (12-0) on Saturday at 4 p.m. Junior varsity players are expected to move up to fill out the varsity roster.
“These kids that put on the soccer uniform Saturday and Tuesday will put it on and wear it with pride,” Greenbrier Athletic Director Garrett Black said.
The Wolfpack can clinch first place in Region 2A-AAAAA with a win in one of its next two region games against Lakeside or Grovetown.
“People can say what they want to say, but Greenbrier High School is a great school,” Black said. “We have great kids. We have great coaches, great teachers, great administrators. There are so many positives that happened every single day in our high school. And I’m proud to be a part of Greenbrier High School.”