Columbia County authorities charged a Martinez woman Thursday for indirectly furnishing alcohol to four Lakeside High School baseball players.
Courtney Devin McIlwain, 23, of Villa Lane, was charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor.
The players were drinking the alcohol on a school bus 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,” Lakeside High Principal Steven Rhodes said Tuesday. “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.
The teens were cited Wednesday for possession of alcohol by a minor, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.
Also, a 16-year-old Martinez boy was charged Thursday with possession of alcohol by a minor for the same incident.
The 16-year-old was friends with the baseball players, Morris said. McIlwain gave the alcohol to the boy, who then gave it to a player.
Morris said he doesn’t expect any more arrests in connection to the incident.
The boy was released to his parents following his 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.