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Greenbrier soccer players face school discipline, not criminal charges

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:31 PM
Last updated Thursday, March 28, 2013 2:41 AM
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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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GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/27/13 - 10:24 pm
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Is the quality of instruction

Is the quality of instruction (education) at GHS and the alternative school the same?

fedex227
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fedex227 03/27/13 - 10:41 pm
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scoobynews 03/28/13 - 05:07 am
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The alternative school has

The alternative school has the same curriculum as GHS. The teachers must be highly qualified and certified in order to teach their subjects. So yes it is the same "quality" now will it have the same atmosphere of carefree fun - unlikely. Punishment is meant to be that way.

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smartasugarsugar 03/28/13 - 06:44 am
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what a surprise !!

oh the rich kids at GHS avoid police entanglement? if it was Harlem they'd get executed. i guess math and English aren't the only things taught at GHS.

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jwilliams 03/28/13 - 08:27 am
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Hello Smartasugarsugar, I

Hello Smartasugarsugar, I agree with your comment, but, I would like to take it a bit farther and say, if this had happened at Lucy Craft Laney, Butler, Josey, Glenn Hills or ARC High schools in AUGUSTA, those rich COLUMBIA COUNTY kids that you speak of parents would have already executed the kids of the mentioned AUGUSTA schools. Some members of the COMUBIA COUNTY community are so HYPOCRITICAL.

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beep beep 03/28/13 - 08:44 am
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Columbia county, richmond

Columbia county, richmond county?? does it matter? kids messed up and got caught. It's in the paper no matter where they are from and they will be disciplined. Harlem, Josey, Laney, ARC, Lakeside, Greenbrier...... doesnt matter. How much punishment do you want them to have?? I think there punishment is pretty severe. My question is, Are they coaches or adults that were supposed to be supervising these HS students getting any punishment? There should have been adult in each room ...problem solved

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Little Lamb 03/28/13 - 09:02 am
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Trust

Assuming they bunk four people in a hotel room, you would need nine chaperones to place an adult in each room (to accommodate the 25 soccer players). They probably did not have that many adults on the trip.

And that solution has an adult male sleeping with a teenage male in the same bed. That's not normally recommended.

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Little Lamb 03/28/13 - 09:09 am
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Hotel Rooms

The logistics of distributing the alcohol around five or six hotel rooms is fascinating to comtemplate. Did they divide the containers before they got on the bus at the school? Did one guy have the alcohol and the 17 other participants just dropped by his room for a visit and a pint?

The Lakeside event involved only four students (that we know of). This one has eighteen. They found the supplier of alcohol in the Lakeside case. This one must be more difficult. There may be more than one supplier.

Lakeside Alcohol Supplier

I guess at the disciplinary hearing tomorrow (Good Friday) Charles Nagle could put more pressure on the 16 boys by telling them they will get a heavier penalty than the Lakeside baseball players did if they don't cough up the supplier.

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GiantsAllDay 03/28/13 - 09:48 am
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1) My question at 10:24 PM

1) My question at 10:24 PM yesterday was a serious one, hence my amazement at the 4 red thumbs. Anyway, if the quality of education at both schools is the same, then they are not being punished by receiving lower quality instuction. I think that is a good thing. So can I conclude that there is a stigma attached to being sent to the alternative school and therein lies the punishment? A sort of shaming? If you look at the sucess of publications such as the "Jail Report", the Scarlett Letter is still alive and well. At my place of employment, the "Jail Report" would be the first thing people would read in the morning, over coffee. How much has society evolved since the 1600's?
2) I'm inclined to agree with smastasugarsugar. Underage posession and/or comsumption of alcohol by a minor is still at crime, under any circumstances, school activity or not. The crime didn't take place in Columbia County so the cops would have to do extra work (which they are not willing to do), such as coordinating with LE of the other county. Or else the property taxes paid by these kids' parents are just too important to take this any further.

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Little Lamb 03/28/13 - 10:13 am
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Alternative School

Yes, the quality of education at Alternative School is equivalent to the zoned schools. The punishment lies in the stigma, as you suggested GAD, as well as in the inconvenience of providing your own transportation, as well as in the absence of extracurricular activities, such as championship soccer teams.

In some cases, students sent to Alternative School (who have caused some kind of disruption in their zoned school) have reported that they preferred it over their zoned school. They got closer attention from the teachers, and the no-nonsense atmosphere allowed them to come to a realization that school is important and learning the lessons carries a personal reward with it.

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P.S. I was not one of the ones who gave you a thumbs down. Your question was a good one, as well as your comment on punishment methodology.

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Little Lamb 03/28/13 - 10:11 am
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Underage Consumption

I think the crime is not underage consumption (that's a parental concern), but rather the providing of alcohol to underage persons. The story says Columbia County law enforcement is working on who supplied the alcohol rather than on who consumed it; and I think that approach is correct.

It has been barely a week since the event was discovered, so I do not expect Columbia County Sheriff department to work timeline miracles. Give them a chance to find someone within the next two weeks. If no one is fingered by then, then we will know that some fix was in.

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GiantsAllDay 03/28/13 - 10:39 am
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LL, thanks for your

LL, thanks for your comments--much apprecited. I'm pretty sure that if a police officer catches someone under 21 with alcohol in their posession, that is a crime. Correct me if I'm wrong. I'm also pretty sure that if a minor is caught out in public, with alcohol in their system or under the influence, that i a crime also.
When I was a kid in California 60's and 70's, it was called "continuation school" and there was a HUGE stigma attached to that. In fact, I never knew anyone being sent there. I knew where it was located but no one in my circle of friends ever got sent there. It was explained to us kids that continuation school was the last stop on the train to getting completely kicked out of school. But you had to really, really, REALLY try to get sent there! These days it seems that spitting on the sidewalk or giving the principal dirty look will get you sent there.

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jmo 03/28/13 - 06:26 pm
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GAD and LL

I understand one of the girls mentioned in the article pertaining to the "gluing" incident of last year has racked up an arrest (Feb 2013) in Athens for underage possession. I guess some learn a little slower than others, or just don't care.

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Little Lamb 03/28/13 - 06:48 pm
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Spice

A caller to the Austin Rhodes Radio Program said Thursday that the spice smoking incident occurred on the school bus where the teammates and coaches were together. I did not get whether it was on the bus going to the tournament or coming home. Spice is a legal product to purchase and smoke, but smoking on the bus is against school rules. The caller was strong in his convictions, but he hedged on a lot of details.

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GiantsAllDay 03/28/13 - 06:59 pm
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Underage possession in Athens

Underage possession in Athens is normal behavior. It's like someone living anywhere else going 56 in a 55.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/28/13 - 08:47 pm
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Possession

GAD posted:

I'm pretty sure that if a police officer catches someone under 21 with alcohol in their posession, that is a crime.

That may very well be the case. But in the case of the Greenbrier 18, it was several days after the infraction that the case came to light. No team member was "caught" possessing alcohol, and no team member had alcohol in his system when the interrogation began.

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