Greenbrier soccer players face school discipline, not criminal charges

 

Former Greenbrier High School boys soccer players accused of underage drinking on a recent school trip won’t face criminal charges, but will submit to disciplinary action through the school system on Friday.

The alleged misbehavior took place when the teams traveled to Jekyll Island for a tournament March 14-16. The drinking supposedly took place mainly in hotel rooms. Two of the players, Columbia County School Superintendent Charles Nagle said, admitted to smoking “spice,” a name for synthetic marijuana.

Of Greenbrier’s 25 varsity boys soccer players, 18 were suspended for 10 days pending a school disciplinary hearing, which is scheduled for Friday, according to Nagle. As of Wednesday morning, two of the players waived a hearing and chose to attend the Columbia County Alternative School, Nagle said.

In March 2012, four Lakeside High baseball players caught drinking on a school bus faced similar consequences. Each went before the school system safety officer and was suspended for the remainder of last school year and the first semester of this year, with the option to attend the Columbia County Alternative School. A 23-year-old was charged with providing alcohol to a minor, who then gave it to the baseball players.

Columbia County sheriff’s investigators are still trying to determine who provided the alcohol and “spice” to the players, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

Four girls accused of squirting glue into 43 locks at the school as a senior prank last year are still paying for their missteps.

Brooklyn Leigh Bella, 18; Dynisha Antoinette Clemons, 18; Elizabeth Sutton Metz, 18; and Kristin Arey Tannehill, 19; were arrested May 14. They were charged with second degree criminal trespass.

The girls were banned from graduation and paid more than $5,000 in restitution. They also have to speak to current seniors about the consequences of pranks.

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