Lake Clifton star Braswell is arrested probably to miss remainder of season

One of area's top guards has trial date April 3

March 05, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Lake Clifton senior basketball player Kevin Braswell was arrested by a school police officer Friday night, charged with drug possession and released on his own recognizance.

An April 3 trial date in Eastside District Court has been set for Braswell, 18, who was charged as an adult.

The arresting officer, Derrick S. Johns, said last night he could not comment on the circumstances surrounding the arrest of the 6-foot-1 guard who averaged 20.9 points during the regular season.

"It's true, but I can't go into it any further without talking to my superiors," Johns said last night.

Neither Johns' supervisor, school police chief Linda Willis, nor public relations spokesperson Sandra Potts could be reached for comment last night.

Lakers coach Charlie Moore would not comment.

It is unclear whether or not Braswell has been in school this week, but he did not play in the Lakers' 85-55 state quarterfinal victory Monday at Walbrook. Lake Clifton plays host to Northern in a region semifinal today at 4 p.m.

It is also unclear whether Braswell is ineligible to play because of the arrest, which could result in expulsion.

Expulsions are recommended by the superintendent, then reviewed by the school board, which either accepts or rejects the recommendation.

City schools Superintendent Walter G. Amprey said last night he was unaware of Braswell's situation but expected he would be expelled.

"If that is true, then he's going to be expelled. The student handbook is real clear about that," Amprey said. "I can recommend expulsion, but I can't do it. We have to have a school board hearing in 10 days, during which time the student should not be in school. And he'll likely remain out of school unless he can demonstrate his innocence or some extenuating circumstance."

If expelled, Braswell has the option to appeal to the board.

The handbook for city students and parents, distributed to students during the first week of school, outlines the school system's policy concerning drug offenses.

"Students do not have the right to use, sell, distribute, possess or be under the influence of drugs, including alcohol, on school property or during school sponsored activities unless the drug has been prescribed by a physician for the individual student," the policy states.

"There should be no use, possession, or distribution of illicit drugs or tobacco, or alcohol by students on school premises or at any school activity," the handbook also states. "Students who violate this procedure face disciplinary action, including expulsion as well as possible legal penalties."

Braswell and fellow senior Michael King had teammed to give the third-ranked Lakers (17-4) arguably the area's top backcourt this season. King averaged 22.4 points, making the two the only teammates in the area averaging 20 or more points.

Pub Date: 3/05/97

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