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An under-aged drinking party that was broken up by the Sudbury Police Department on Jan. 24 has resulted in numerous athletes from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School receiving MIAA suspensions.
According to Lt. Scott Nix, parents have contacted the department admitting their student-athlete had received a suspension.
"Parents have called us, asking about the communication process between the school and the police," Nix said, "and what procedures were imposed and why."
According to a report from Pam Cross of WCVB-Ch. 5, among those suspended were a girls basketball player and several hockey players.
When contacted earlier today to confirm rumors, L-S Athletic Director Nancy O'Neil said she didn't think discussing which sport the suspended students played would add anything positive to the situation.
Officers were dispatched to an Easy Street residence last Thursday at about 10:09 p.m. after a parent who picked up his child at the house reported the under-aged drinking party.
When officers arrived, there was a substantial amount of alcohol and the presence of burnt marijuana in the home, Nix said. Officers took down the names of nearly 50 teenagers who were present.
"Due to the large number of individuals involved and substantial amount of alcohol and burnt marijuana, we wanted to ensure everyone's safety," Nix said.
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Nix said a juvenile will face Social Host Law charges in the near future and that a complaint has been completed. The parents were not home at the time and will not face charges.
Officers contacted the juveniles' parents to make sure they got home safely and provided their names to Lincoln-Sudbury, Nix said.
According to the MIAA drug and alcohol policy:
"From the earliest fall practice date (the 3rd Monday in August), to the conclusion of the academic year or final athletic event (whichever is latest), on and off school grounds, weekdays and weekends, twenty-four hours per day, regardless of the quantity, use or consume, possess, buy/sell or give away any beverage containing alcohol (including products such as NA or near beer); any tobacco product; marijuana; steroids; or any controlled substance as defined in the Massachusetts General Laws (Chapter 94-C, Sections 1-48). (NOTE: It is not, however, a violation for a student to be in possession of a legally defined drug specifically prescribed for the student's own use by his or her doctor.) It should be clearly understood that any gross violation of this rule, e.g., being drunk and/or disorderly, could result in immediate dismissal from the team.
"The minimum PENALTIES per M.I.A.A. Rule 62.1 are:
"First offense: Suspension from representing the school for the next consecutive interscholastic contests totaling 25 percent of all interscholastic contests in that sport. All fractional parts of an event will be dropped when calculating 25 percent of a season. Students will be required to attend all practices and team meetings during that time. During this time frame, the student may not represent the school in scrimmages or jamborees.
"Second and subsequent offenses: Suspension from representing the school for the next consecutive interscholastic contests totaling 60 percent of all interscholastic contests in that sport. All fractional parts of an event will be dropped when calculating 60 percent of a season.
"Penalties shall be cumulative each academic year, and a penalty period will extend into the next academic year. That is, if the violation occurs outside a season of competition or if the penalty period is not completed during the season of violation, the penalty will carry over to the student's next season of actual participation, which may affect the eligibility status of the student during the next academic year."