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Greenbrier soccer players suspended, caught through tweets

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"So goes social media. You know, you live by it, you die by it."

Social media is how more than half of the Greenbrier High School boys soccer team were caught breaking school code on a school-sponsored trip. Just this weekend the team played in an invitational tournament at Jekyll Island. That's where Superintendent Charles Nagle says they somehow got their hands on alcohol and spice.

Saturday night one player tweeted song lyrics: "Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments."

Superintendent Nagle says messages like this one were seen by a school administrator. She then told the campus safety officer, who began investigating several of the players' twitter accounts. After calling the students into the office, Nagle says the majority of the boys confessed to drinking, two admitted to smoking spice, synthetic form of marijuana.

"I guess they figured, 'Well we just won't get caught.'" Nagle said. "But when you include so many people in doing things like this. Sooner or later you're going to get caught."

School administrators contacted the Columbia County Sheriff's Office because of the synthetic marijuana but deputies say they had no case because it was out of their jurisdiction and there was no physical evidence.

"I'm just absolutely devastated by this and disappointed," Nagle said. "Especially when it's a group of good young men who made some very bad decisions."

Nagle says the players have been kicked off the team, and suspended for ten days. Next week, each of them will have a disciplinary hearing. Or they can waive their right to a hearing an immediately be placed in the alternative school.

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