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Two more arrested after Lakeside players suspended for alcohol

Two more arrested after varsity baseball players caught drinking after one vomits on bus

Posted: March 14, 2012 - 10:49am  |  Updated: March 15, 2012 - 2:27pm

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Two people were charged Thursday with providing alcohol to four Lakeside High School baseball players.
The four players were suspended this week for allegations that they drank alcohol on a school bus.
Courtney Devin McIlwain, 23, of Villa Lane in Martinez, was charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor. A 16-year-old Martinez boy also was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor, Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.
The incident occurred Friday or Saturday as the varsity team traveled home from a late game against South Effingham County.
"As the students were exiting the bus and leaving at 1:30 in the morning (Saturday), they discovered that someone had gotten sick," said Lakeside High Principal Steven Rhodes. "The next day, after some kids came forward, they realized that alcohol was involved."
Coaches uncovered the incident when they questioned players as to why no one told them that a player had vomited, according to a Columbia County Sheriff's Office report.
Rhodes said the students were suspended and, as a consequence, were kicked off the team.
Also, the teens were cited Wednesday for possession of alcohol by a minor, Morris said.
The 16-year-old was friends with the baseball players. McIlwain gave the alcohol to the boy, who then gave it to a player, Morris said.
Lakeside Assistant Principal Tim Reeve contacted the Columbia County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday.
Morris said he doesn't expect any more arrests in connection to the incident.
The boy was released to his parents after the arrest. McIlwain, who turned herself in to authorities Thursday afternoon, was released after posting an $1,100 bond, Morris said.
When the students go before a school system hearing officer next week, Rhodes said he is recommending long-term suspension.
"Hopefully, this will be a learning experience for them that there are consequences to their actions," he said.
Reeve told authorities that a coach instructed the team not to bring food or drink onto the new bus, according to the incident report.
"The team opened with such a prosperous season with six wins," Rhodes said. "They had done extremely well, so this certainly is a disappointment to all of us when students are involved in misconduct."

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Little Lamb

Ps and Qs

After the CRG, the CRG copycat, two bomb threats, and now this; the next few months will not be a good time to misbehave in Columbia County schools.

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