Greenbrier soccer players learn their fate

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, March 29, 2013

 18 varsity soccer players suspended from Greenbrier High for alleged drug, alcohol use
Eighteen members of the Greenbrier soccer team were suspended. (WRDW-TV)

EVANS, Ga. (WRDW) -- Sixteen of the 18 Greenbrier High School students involved with drinking alcohol while on a school trip learned their fate Friday morning.

Two of the students have decided to leave the school, and 10 others waived a right to hearing.

"We had the disciplinary hearings for the soccer players that were involved with that incident," said Principal Chris Segraves.

That incident investigators say involved 18 soccer players caught on a school trip with alcohol and some were even smoking spice, which is a synthetic form of marijuana.

"Two students withdrew before Friday's hearing. Fourteen will be attending the alternative school and two students that will becoming back to Greenbrier," Segraves said.

The principal wouldn't name which players agreed to the punishment or which ones withdrew, but one question still remains unanswered: How did the students get the alcohol?

"We're still investigating that. We just haven't got to the bottom of that yet," Segraves said.

Even though the majority of team is gone, the principal says the season isn't a shutout yet -- the JV team has stepped up.

"They are getting their share of games because they are still playing their JV schedule," Segraves said.

The principal says parents and students who think the punishment was too harsh have one group to blame.

"I hate it that they feel that way, but also keep in mind that this was their decision to do this and they're the ones who put themselves in this position," Segraves said.

Principal Segraves wouldn't comment on where the two students that withdrew have enrolled but did say one went to another high school in Columbia County and the other to a Richmond County school.

The principal says the students went in front of a tribunal, and some even brought attorneys. He says there were three lawyers present at Friday morning's meeting.

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