Thursday, March 29, 2007

Teacher and Principal threw keg party for students

Authorities say an assistant high school principal and his wife, a middle school teacher, were accused Wednesday of throwing a keg party where students paid five dollars to drink.

54-year-old John Clark is an assistant principal at Newberry High School. 52-year-old Mary Clark teaches at Newberry Middle School.

Peace says the charges stem from a summer party the Clarks threw at their lake house in 2006. Newberry County School District Superintendent Bennie Bennett says the Clarks are on paid administrative leave. "These are two good people in the school," said Dean Rowe, a Newberry HS parent and friend of the Clarks. "I think everyone's gonna be a little shocked about it when they hear the news."

Prosecutor Jerry Peace says he didn't know how many students attended the party or their ages. He says beer was served from kegs, and students also said they drank some type of spiked punch. Full article here.

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