Several former Greenbrier High School boys soccer players accused of underage drinking on a recent school trip will face discipline at school system hearings today.
Of Greenbrier’s 25 varsity boys soccer players, 18 were suspended for 10 days pending the disciplinary hearing.
As of Friday morning, 10 of the players waived their right to a hearing, opting to attend the Columbia County Alternative School, according to Superintendent Charles Nagle. Those students will attend the alternative school for the remainder of the school year and the first semester of next year unless they are graduating seniors, he said.
Two others have withdrawn from the school system, Nagle said. Six will face discipline at the hearings.
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, Nagle said, admitted to smoking “spice,” a name for synthetic marijuana.
Greenbrier High administrators School officials will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. today in the school media center.
None of the students will face criminal charges, but Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said investigators are trying to determine how the students obtained the alcohol and “spice.” Anyone found to have provided it to the students could face charges.