Wilde Lake suspends four girls lacrosse players for 30 days

High Schools

April 21, 2005|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Four Wilde Lake girls varsity lacrosse players have been suspended from extracurricular activities for 30 days for violating a Howard County school policy on drugs and alcohol, a source close to the team said.

According to the source, the girls had cut school that day and attended a party before the afternoon practice.

Under the Howard County Board of Education's Drug and Alcohol Policy, the suspension is mandatory for first-time offenders.

The source said coaches were suspicious Friday that the girls had been drinking, but the penalty was not imposed until Tuesday, after pictures of the girls holding beer cans were found on a Web site.

Playing with just two substitutes, Wilde Lake lost to River Hill, 14-6, Tuesday to fall to 3-2.

Wilde Lake principal Restia Whitaker did not return a phone call yesterday, and coaches were told they could not comment on any violations.

There have been two other incidents in the past month that resulted in suspensions of athletes at Baltimore-area schools.

In March, 14 Dulaney athletes were suspended one month for attending a private party where alcohol was present.

Earlier this month, eight Mount St. Joseph athletes received suspensions of undetermined length for attending a party where alcohol was present.

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