Walker Valley Principal suspends 9 students from School, Baseball Team for underage drinking
BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – Following an underage drinking incident in South Carolina, Walker Valley High School Principal Nate Akiona suspended nine students from both School and the Baseball Team.
“It may hurt out program for a season, but it’s building a better future team,” Akiona said.
The eight players, six of which were starters, in addition to the student team manager were suspended from school for two weeks and will be prohibited from finishing the season with the team.
The incident happened during a Baseball Tournament in Charleston, South Carolina, which Director of Schools Dr. Linda Cash called a regular trip for the team “for many, many years.”
“There was a group of nine boys who were involved in drinking alcoholic beverages and the coaches immediately caught it, called the authorities immediately, and notified parents immediately, as well as the administration,” Cash said.
Following the incident, the team immediately returned home and forfeited the remaining tournament games on their schedule.
Coaches cite training they received after the Ooltewah Rape Incident as helping them make the right decision quickly.
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